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Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 10 October 2003 (USA)
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A beautiful gold digger matches wits with a shrewd Beverly Hills divorce lawyer who is increasingly attracted to her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They can't keep their hands off each others assets. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Intolerable  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,525,075 (USA) (10 October 2003)


$35,096,190 (USA) (5 December 2003)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Catherine Zeta-Jones was pregnant with her daughter Carys during the shooting of the movie, which was filmed immediately after Chicago (2002), Zeta-Jones' Oscar vehicle. See more »


When Miles and Marilyn are eating dinner in the restaurant, Marylin is holding her wine glass around the bowl. In the next shot, she is then holding it by the stem. See more »


[first lines]
Donovan Donaly: [singing] I'm just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told.
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Crazy Credits

Adios SEÑOR GREAZER. Hello MISTER HAND. See more »


Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »


I've Been Working on the Railroad
Sung a cappella by Edward Herrmann and girls
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A decent comedy from Coen brothers with good cast and writing
8 August 2005 | by (Milpitas, California) – See all my reviews

I don't see why many hated this movie. I thought the Coen Brothers look at divorce court lawyers' lives in this comedy with a twist was actually pretty interesting. Thte script was first-rate, they sure can write, the direction was interesting for the most part, although film did lose intensity at parts. I thought the acting was great, especially George Clooney who i liked a lot in the lead, he was perfectly casted for this role. Zeta Jones was decent, she pulled off her role, although she still isn't a first-rate actress in my eyes. I thought Rush and Billy Bob Thornton were great in their supporting roles. Cedric the entertainer was wasted here. The film was decent, some good acting, script, decent direction, and nice atmosphere. 8/10

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