• Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Intolerable Cruelty

Release Date: October 10th, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 10th, 2004

PG-13 |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Miles Massey (George Clooney) is an exceptional divorce lawyer who specializes in saving cheating husbands from having to pay expensive settlements. Unchallenged, he wearies of his life -- until he meets the cunning Marylin Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones). When Massey's representation of her husband in court denies her any divorce compensation, Marylin vows to get revenge, enlisting the help of an oil baron (Billy Bob Thornton), and the two vie for the advantage in a flirtatious duel of wits.

Cast: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer , Richard Jenkins, Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Adelstein, Julia Duffy

Director: Joel Coen

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: The KL Line, Imagine Entertainment, Alphaville Films

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Amusing, Office, 2000s, Marriage, Revenge, Transformation, Love

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The Coen brothers had a golden opportunity to make a darkly humorous, deliciously clever battle of the sexes, and they let it slip through their fingers. Instead, the duo... settled for a broad farce that is long on manic, cartoonish behavior and short on intelligence and wit. show more

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Elegant, cheerfully cynical fun of the kind we used to get regularly from Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks and other masters of the classic Hollywood screwball comedy -- all those '30s-'40s movies about rich people sloshed, or acting crazy and running romantically amok. show more

  • 88
    Megan LehmannNew York Post

    Hilariously overblown, "Cruelty" fairly pops at the seams with the beloved eccentricity of Joel and Ethan Coen, from the fiendishly ludicrous scenarios and casually tossed off visual gags to the razor-sharp repartee. show more

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