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Intolerable Cruelty [DVD] [2003]

3.3 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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  • Actors: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, John Romano, Matthew Stone, Robert Ramsey
  • Producers: Brian Grazer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019HOUY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Another offering from the highly acclaimed Coen brothers sees George Clooney as Miles Massey, a divorce lawyer who always wins his case until he comes head to head with the scheming, money-grabbing, yet alluring, Mrs Marilyn Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Miles and Marilyn each embark on their own ruthless romantic missions to outdo one another and amass great wealth. Sparks fly in this battle-of-the-sexes comedy.

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A sleek George Clooney and a seductive Catherine Zeta-Jones square off magnificently in the divorce comedy Intolerable Cruelty. The plot is simple: lawyer supreme Miles Massey (Clooney) skilfully outmanoeuvres gold-digger Marylin Rexroth (Zeta-Jones) when she divorces her wealthy husband--and she sets out to get revenge. But this movie comes from the creative minds of the Coen Brothers (Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?), and so Intolerable Cruelty includes a Scottish wedding chapel in Vegas, an asthmatic hit man, fluffy-dog-stroking European nobility, and a legendarily unbreakable pre-nuptial agreement. Still, it's pretty restrained for the Coens; smooth and consistent, it never stumbles as disappointingly as their movies can, but also never quite hits the operatic pitch of their best work. It's still damn funny, though, with top-notch performances from the leads as well as Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer and Billy Bob Thornton. --Bret Fetzer

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Looking at the star ratings on this film it obviously divides viewers between those who love it and those who hate with with few people being lukewarm in the middle.

The Coen brothers always subvert whatever genre they are making a film in and this is the closest they have come to a romantic comedy. But because it is the Coen Brothers we are not given the usual certainty that things will end up happily ever after and there is a real danger that one character will have the other killed before the end of the film.

Maybe some people don't like the fact that the protagonists are not necessarily the sort of people we are predisposed to liking: Jones' gold digger and Clooney's ruthless divorce lawyer. But that is one of the things that is interesting, the struggle is more with their own natures rather than with external factors.

The characters are larger than life but perhaps not quite as over the top as in some other Coen brothers films so maybe that is what some fans are disappointed by, it is almost too conventional. Or maybe it is sufficiently conventional for non-fans to watch it who then are unsettled by the slight distortion of the universe that you do find in their films.

As entertainment goes this film was laugh out loud at points all the way through. It has a good pace and never drags, and it was visually interesting, unpredictable and clever. It's not going to be my favourite Coen brothers film, but it is still better than 95% of everything that comes out of Hollywood and certainly does not deserve less than four stars.
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I liked this "romantic black comedy" and my wife liked it even more. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Miles Massey (George Clooney) is a top divorce attorney, known for his incredible rate of wins in courts and also for the "Massey Pre-nup", a supposedly completely foolproof prenuptial agreement. Marylin (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is a serial gold-digger, widely known for marrying wealthy men and then quickly and efficiently divorcing them with extreme prejudice (for them...). It is therefore only a question of time before those two cross swords in a series of legal (and other) fights which will be waged with INTOLERABLE CRUELTY!

This film is a comedy but this is the kind of comedy only brothers Coen can do - you must therefore be ready for absolutely anything and everything and the only thing which is certain is that you will be taken on a wild ride full of surprises, surrealistic conversations (especially in courts of justice) and some suprisingly good gags! Also interesting appearances by Geoffrey Rush, Billy Bob Thornton and Cedric the Entertainer. And of course at one moment Miles boss Herb Myerson (Tom Aldredge) and a certain Wheezy Joe (Irwin Keyes) will make their appearance - but I am not saying anything more about them, you must discover it by yourself...)))

I am extremely surprised that so many people hated this film. Me, I spend a good moment watching this cynical and cruel but quite irresistible very dark "romantic comedy" in which Catherine Zeta-Jones is splendidly beautiful (and deadly venomous!). Don't mind the haters, give it a try and enjoy!
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By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
As Donovan Donaly (Geoffrey Rush) drives along a sun-drenched palm-tree-lined avenue in suburban California in his Jaguar Coupe, ponytail bobbing in the gentle breeze, he is smugly singing along to Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer". The lyrics speak of loose ladies on Seventh Avenue in New York and the broke fighter partaking of their flesh in weaker moments. When he gets into his house, he finds his wife Bonnie (Stacey Travis) is doing just that - having it off with Ollie the pool man - a stoner with erection problems who says 'man' all the time. A fight ensues and Donovan has the spikes of his Daytime Television Lifetime Achievement Award rammed into his fleshy backside. Gunshots are fired...the guilty parties speed off...and as he giggles manically, Donovan takes Polaroids of his bloody posterior for divorce-battle evidence. It then goes into the opening credits - cartoon cupids tying each other to trees and behaving very badly indeed - as the cautionary words of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" counter the cheesy yet somehow romantic Valentine's Day visuals. It's very witty stuff...it's very Coens.

And now in early 2011, "Intolerable Cruelty" arrives on a Universal Blu Ray - and I for one am loving it.

George Clooney plays Miles Massey, a legendarily effective but bored divorce lawyer - and Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Marilyn Rexroth - a beautiful and skilled socialite who marries rich older-men - and not necessarily for their conversational skills. When Miles encounters Marilyn in his offices with another divorce lawyer Freddy Bender (a superb Richard Jenkins - the father in Six Feet Under), there is an obvious fascination and attraction between them. Miles then exposes her scam with Rex Rexroth, Marilyn starts another one - and then ensues a game of mental cat and mouse.
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By Dodster TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Dec. 2011
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When I purchased this, I expected more of a romcom. I guess this might qualify, but if it does, it is with a difference!
I found the first 45 minutes a bit crude and at times unnecessarily so and was just about to switch it off when the movie got better. I have to say the last 45 minutes entertained and kept me guessing about what was to happen next.
The movie might be social comment on the lives of the American mega rich, their pre-nups, divorce lawyers, money grabbing women and infidelity of their men, and if so, it does this with humour.
The plot is George Clooney is a mega successful, mega rich, divorce lawyer who is looking for more meaning in his life. He thinks he has found that when he falls for Catherine Zeta Jones, one of the money grabbers, who is apparently in love with him. But is she really, or is she just after his money!
Watch and find out!

Intolerable Cruelty [DVD] [2003]
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