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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.

Directors:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Miles
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Marylin
Geoffrey Rush ... Donovan Donaly
Cedric the Entertainer ... Gus Petch
Edward Herrmann ... Rex Rexroth
Paul Adelstein ... Wrigley
Richard Jenkins ... Freddy Bender
Billy Bob Thornton ... Howard D. Doyle
Julia Duffy ... Sarah Sorkin
Jonathan Hadary ... Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy
Tom Aldredge ... Herb Myerson
Stacey Travis ... Bonnie Donaly
Jack Kyle ... Ollie Olerud
Irwin Keyes ... Wheezy Joe
Judith Drake ... Mrs. Gutman
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Storyline

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

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Intolerable See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,525,075, 12 October 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,327,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,217,409
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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During the courtroom scene when Heinz, the Baron Krauss Von Espy first walks up to the witness stand, his dog has a purple bow on its head. In the next shot, the bow is gone, and then it reappears again. See more »

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

Don't Cry Out Loud
(1977)
Music by Peter Allen
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Performed by Melissa Manchester
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Under license from BMG Special Products, Inc.
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Not intolerable, but…
29 October 2004 | by warnerclassicSee all my reviews

George Clooney stars as a self-loving whiter than white toothed lawyer who is becoming bored with his never-ending success. A challenge comes in the shapely form of Marilyn Rexroth (Catherine Zeta Jones) who wants to marry (or preferably divorce) her way to riches. With Clooney hired to represent her soon to be ex husband, he inevitably falls for the gold diggers charms.

Directed by the Coen brothers, a directorial team who have helmed oddball comedies such as 'Fargo' and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' this is the team's first branch in to a high profile Hollywood film. Clooney, as the sharp suited lawyer, is excellent. Like Cary Grant or David Niven, Clooney is able to mock himself without compensating his screen appeal. Catherine Zeta Jones as the money hungry Marilyn is as sexy as her character demands from the scripted page. However, despite the quick fire dialogue, Intolerable Cruelty is simply not as funny as it thinks, it's cynical message of love and money taking away the romantic push it needs to place it in the league of the Tracy/Hepburn films the movie aspires to. Clooney's character also suffers from an over enthusiastic plot that later drives his character to attempt to commit a crime that totally contradicts the audiences perception of him. A battle of the sexes comedy that has sex appeal but no romance, Intolerable Cruelty is a film that reaches for the golden age of Hollywood but only touches the bronze.


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