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I can only speak for the first half hour of "Untolerable Cruelty". It
at that point that I finally got the Coen brothers' joke. The film
is intolerable cruelty as exercised upon the audience. Happily I was
to divorce myself from this awful film with the push of a
Comparing this thing to the mad-cap, but usually subtle, romantic comedies of the 30's, 40's and 50's is a lot like comparing a bulldozer to a Ferrari. Both can kill you if they hit you but the bulldozer will do a much more effective job. "Untolerable Cruelty" is most surely the bulldozer of comedy films. I visualized most of the dialog in this film (only the first half hour, of course) coming from the character's mouths in little cartoonish balloons. Oh, that's right, this wasn't "American Splendor". Also, I refuse to say anything about George Clooney's whitened teeth. Gosh, they sure were funny -- every time!
Please see my prior comments as coming from a fan of the Coen brothers. "Fargo" was magnificent. But, I cavil -- everyone gets his chance (usually more than one) at creating disaster. This time it's the Coen boys! Maybe next time.
I was unsure about getting this film out as I am not that keen on
However, George Clooney did make up for that and I must admit that CZ-J was very watchable.
The interaction between the two main characters was good, but I enjoyed Clooney's side kick, who couldn't stop crying!! I also thought that the side characters were very good. Billy Bob Thornton and Geoffrey Rush, whose parts were very small, were convincing.
Watch for the couple of laugh out loud moments.
Not worth paying to go to the cinema to see but worth getting out the DVD.
George Clooney reminds me of the role he played in O' Brother, where art
thou. A little nervous in some situations and a lot scared in others. But i
really liked this movie. Then again i have always loved the Cohen brother's
movies. My favorite part is of course when i noticed that Bruce Campbell had
a cameo. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays the role of a money hungry gold digger,
going through men like underwear. George plays a divorce lawyer who falls
head over heels for Catherine. But who will trick who. Can you really trust
a lawyer? And can you trust a woman who marries men just to divorce them and
get half? Although it is not difficult to know what is going to happen, the
road up to that point is very entertaining.
A romantic comedy with a twist. I give this movie a 7.
Some of the dialogue - especially the court room scenes - and the visual gags - the wheezy Joe section - are so good that it's a shame that the film as a whole is weak - underdeveloped characters and poor structure mar what could have been a true classic. 5/10
...I wonder what this film would have been without Clooney and Zeta-Jones. The story weakens as the time passes and although the beginning was very catching, the end didn't stand up to my expectations. However, I enjoyed it as I usually enjoy romantic comedies. I only wish Geoffrey Rush's part was bigger as he's a fine actor and could have added a lot to the movie.
I watched this movie with friends, and I could barely find time to stop
laughing and catch my breath before the next joke was already upon me.
But then I looked over at some of my friends who were watching it with me, and what a stark contrast -- it was like as if crickets were chirping in their heads! They just wore the politest smiles on their faces, but you could tell they weren't getting it. I don't know what it takes for someone to "get this" movie, but for those of us who do get it, this is one of the best movies I've ever seen. There's a lot of lawyer jokes; the scene where Clooney has to go visit the senior partner in the firm has just got to be seen to be believed -- it's like he's going to meet god ... or the devil, he's not quite sure.
You know the drill: Miles Massey, the most evil divorce attorney in the
world, meets Marilyn Rexroth, the most evil multiple divorcee in the
and they fall in love (or something resembling it) while trying to
outmaneuver each other.
My two cents worth: Anyone who says this movie is awful is missing the point. It's not supposed to be taken as a serious romantic comedy. The story I heard (granted, this may be a rumor with nothing concrete supporting it) is that the studio had a script that was SO BAD they couldn't do anything with it. So they gave it to the Coen brothers to rip apart. When viewed from this perspective, this is a perfect spoof of every bad romantic comedy that I've ever been forced to see, from the cheesy acting by the pretty yet vacant leads to the over-earnest "I've seen the light" speech towards the end to the "supposed to be funny but aren't really" supporting characters. Is it cliched? Yeah. BUT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. The icing on the cake is making the two leads not the "gosh darn wonderful" people that most romantic comedies have (or try and make you believe the main characters are) but instead centering the story around two people so morally bankrupt that almost any sane real-life individual would run away screaming into the night upon meeting them.
Bottom line: If you have a wicked sense of humor and a firm hatred for 95% of the romantic comedies out there, this is for you.
Recommendations: A great romantic movie that stays out of cliche ville is "Before Sunrise." A good completely cliched, yet still funny romantic comedy is "Miss Congeniality". "Down With Love" is another romantic comedy spoof, but if you're only familiar with post 1970's rom-coms this isn't as funny.
Screwball comedy with George at his funniest. He calls on his role from Oh Brother Where Art Thou? and makes this one his very best. Catherine Zeta-Jones is a feminine George, but without the infectious charm. I've rated this film a ten, not just for the fantastic script, but for more than I expected. Yet another case of an amazing film lost to the public because of inappropriate promotion.
George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones take us on a humorous parody about
gold-digging wives, divorce lawyers, and the commercialization of marriage.
The movie is somewhat under-developed in my opinion with a thinly disguised
plot that manages to barely keep itself together throughout the course of
It seems like the movie either needed to be longer or the scenes shorter and less drawn out. I definitely felt some lag time during some of the scenes. There was something un-cohesive about the finished product that I couldn't quite put my finger on.
The dialogue isn't bad and I think Clooney and Jones were excellent, taking into consideration what they had to work with. There were entertaining supporting cameos from Cedric the Entertainer, Geoffrey Rush, and Edward Herrmann. And the movie had too much ham support from Paul Adelstein.
When its all said and done its a film good for a few laughs, Clooney fans, Jones fans, and for killing a couple hours when you have the time.
What a strange mix of satire, slapstick and drama, not to mention elements of screwball, film noir, social drama and horror film. While the screwball heroines of yesterday as bitchy, chicken-headed and cruel as they could be- ended as endearing characters, Catherine Zeta-Jones' is barely redeemed by the Coens. Still, a failed Coen film is better than the usual offer in cinemas. (Will the brothers ever let someone else cut their films?)
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