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Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  10 October 2003 (USA)
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A revenge-seeking gold digger marries a womanizing Beverly Hills lawyer with the intention of making a killing in the divorce.


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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)


$537,646 (Japan) (16 April 2004)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joel Coen and Ethan Coen stated that the film was nearly in the works for eight years. It initially began as a project they wrote up for Universal. See more »


In Miles Massey's first meeting with Marilyn Rexroth, Marilyn's necklace is hanging slightly off centre. In the next shot, it is hanging perfectly. The necklace moves in these two positions for the next few shots. 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 »


References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »


Bridge over Troubled Water
Written by Paul Simon
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Quite Tolerable After the Second Viewing:
7 February 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw it recently for the second time, and even though the huge holes in the plot are still there, I liked it much more than the first time. Thinking of the holes, Coens are very talented artists - perhaps we, the audiences are supposed to be smarter than Miles Massey (George Clooney - perfectly cast) - the very successful, always victorious divorce attorney for the rich and famous? Massey is the author of unbreakable "Massey's Pre - Nup" but he is so bored and restless than maybe he is waiting for someone who would be able to break it? Enters cool and sensual Marylin Rexroth (who looks exactly like Catherine Zeta-Jones), the woman who is after "wealth, independence, and freedom" and who "eats the men like Massey for breakfast" with the glass of French red wine Château Margot, 1954. Thus starts the game of wills, wits and desires with twists in every turn. Some of them are surprising and clever, some - predictable. "Intolerable Cruelty" may not be the best Coens' film but it is enjoyable, stylish, and funny. At least two scenes closer to the end of the movie are absolutely hilarious.

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