Miles Massey, a prominent Los Angeles divorce attorney has everything--and in some cases, two of everything. Despite his impressive client list, a formidable win record, the respect of his peers and an ironclad contract (the Massey pre-nup) named after him, he's reached a crossroads in his life. Sated on success, boredom has set in and he's looking for new challenges. All that changes when Miles meets his match in the devastating Marylin Rexroth. Marylin is the soon-to-be ex-wife of his client Rex Rexroth, a wealthy real estate developer and habitual philanderer. With the help of hard charging private investigator Gus Petch, she has Rex nailed and is looking forward to the financial independence a successful divorce will bring. But thanks to Miles' considerable skills, she ends up with nothing. Not to be outdone, Marylin schemes to get even and as part of her plan, quickly marries oil tycoon Howard Doyle. Miles and his unflappable associate, Wrigley, unwittingly dig themselves in ... Written by
Sujit R. Varma
When Miles (George Clooney) gives his keynote speech to N.O.M.A.N, telling his audience that "love is good," he is adapting the line from Ivan Boesky's famous speech, in which Boesky assured his audience that "greed is good." In turn, Boesky's speech was reprised by Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the movie "Wall Street." See more »
After his keynote speech in the NOMAN convention, he tucks in his shirt and heads for a bar. As he walks up to the bar counter, you can see that his shirt is once again untucked. See more »
This is the first time the Coen's usually clever comedic tones didn't sit well with me. I get what they were going for, but it missed the mark for me completely.
George Clooney plays a hot winning divorce lawyer who gets involved with a deceiving gold digger (Catherine Zeta Jones) who marries him to make a fortune in the divorce, resulting in plain, cheesy, goofball comedic misfortune.
I normally enjoy the Coen's full blown comedies with Hudsucker Proxy, O Brother, Where art Thou?, and Raising Arizona, but this just went too far in my mind. It overdoes the slapstick, overdoes the zaniness of the characters, and overdoes the absurdity of the situation to the point where we can't take it seriously or get invested anymore because you made us care more about guys getting kicked around by cartoon sound effects than to care about our characters. Even for those who love goofball comedies, and is a sucker for Coen brother absurdity, it's still by far one of their weaker films. The storytelling is simply not that intriguing, the characters are extremely clichéd, followed by extremely clichéd romantic pieces, and it gives us no reason to stay together. The one positive thing I guess is that George Clooney and Catherine Jones are decent, despite not being that interesting of characters. Aside from that, I didn't hate it, but it's quite an uninteresting, uninspired bore fest with nothing new to offer.
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