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Intolerable Cruelty [VHS] [2003]

3.4 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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  • Actors: George Clooney|Catherine Zeta-Jones|Geoffrey Rush
  • Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English, French
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 23 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000UI2P0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,822 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.


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
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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This is not quite your typical romantic comedy - although it shares some of the features of that genre. Clooney and Zeta-Jones play, respectively, a divorce lawyer and a gold-digger. They are both self-centred and shallow, but they are saved by the wit and vivacity of the script, and the cleverness of the plot, which twists and turns rather pleasingly.

It's not laugh-out-loud hilarious, but there are a few giggles along the way. The two leads play their parts well, although they are hardly challenged by a film like this.

I'm not too technically-minded, and I wouldn't normally include technical stuff in my reviews, but I had to turn the sound up sky-high, which I guess may be and indication of poor sound quality. (I know that's not particularly 'technical' but I'm doing my best! :-). )
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By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
Sorry for using a qoute from this film as my title, but if you didn't get it this is just another reason to see this film.
This another exmple of the cinema magic by the Coen brothers taking a standard film genre turning it on it's head and completely twisting it with their usual flair, eye for great images and endlessly qoutable dialogue.
I noticed in one of the early reviews someone rated it 1 star cause it was't the corny romance they wanted, well it is romantic, cliched, but in the best possible way. This is short, sharp and very often laugh out loud hilarious, when i saw this in the theatre people where in tears laughing, and i was on the verge.
This isn't aromantic comedy, it's a screwball mayhem Clooney is excellant, Zeta-Jones does what she does best (looks pretty), Cedric the Entertainer although implausible named is fantastic, and minor characters like The Baron von Epsy and Wheezy Joe nearly steal the show away from them.
I can't recommend it highly enough
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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'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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