A sleek George Clooney and a seductive Catherine Zeta-Jones square off magnificently in the divorce comedyIntolerable Cruelty. The plot is simple: Lawyer supreme Miles Massey (Clooney,Out of Sight,Ocean's Eleven) skillfully outmaneuvers gold-digger Marylin Rexroth (Zeta-Jones,Chicago,Traffic) 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,Raising Arizona,O Brother Where Art Thou?), and soIntolerable Crueltyincludes 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
You know you can have the Coen's make a movie as mediocre as this and have one of the oldest jokes in existence that you can call a mile away and it still made me laugh as two idiots spray each other in the face with repellent while sneaking around in the dark. That takes some talent and I think most of this movies talent quote went into that one scene. Intolerable Cruelty must be the Coen's most mainstream movie due largely to it's casting which is a sign … more
What if the Coen Brothers gave a movie and nobody came? Oh, sure, they had big-name stars--Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. But no John Turturro, no John Goodman, no Steve Buscemi, no Frances McDormand! I didn't watch this movie when it first came out, because it was the type of romantic comedy that I usually choose to avoid, and when I got to this place in my race through the Coen Brothers catalog, I didn't realize what it was until my wife said, "Why did you get this movie from Netflix?" with … more
Slick super lawyer and a cold hearted gold digger start a relationship. Full of the Coen Brother's tics and style and that starts to work against it, not to mention the dated casting but I do like the idea of the movie.
Pros: Great ensemble of actors Cons: BORING!!!!! The Bottom Line: Any movie that bores me enough to put me to sleep cannot score a recommendation no matter the talent adorning the silver screen. Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. Somewhere between the ho-hum script, the (just) okay directing, the tolerable acting and the editing Intolerable Cruelty lost its allure and put … more