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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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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


A romantic comedy with bite. 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The logo on the door handle of the Rexroth mansion is the same as the logo for the Rich company in Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994) where Edward Herrmann played Richard Rich marking the second time the actor has played a character with repetitive Rs in his name. This is likely a homage from the film makers to his previous role. See more »


When Marilyn and Miles are at the restaurant her hair goes back and forth from behind her shoulders. See more »


[first lines]
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References Mulholland Drive (2001) See more »


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One of Clooney's Best Performances
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A surprisingly smart comedy from Joel and Ethan Cohen, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY is a deft and entertaining comedy about the relationship that develops between a fast talking attorney (George Clooney) and a man-eating gold digger (Catherine Zeta-Jones)who pretty much eats husbands for lunch. This delightful throwback to the Tracy-Hepburn, Grant-Russell comedies of the 30's and 40's moves at a nice pace and is anchored by a razor sharp performance by Clooney, who has rarely been more appealing on screen. Clooney does everything right here and his performance alone makes this film worth seeing, but Zeta-Jones never allows herself to be overshadowed by him in one of her more venomous characterizations. Worthwhile bits are also contributed by Geoffrey Rush, Billy Bob Thornton, Richard Jenkins, and Edward Herrmann. One of the most underrated comedies ever made which is a definite must-see for Clooney fans.

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