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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)

Writers:

Robert Ramsey (story), Matthew Stone (story) | 5 more credits »

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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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Taglines:

A romantic comedy with bite. 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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$35,327,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,898,783
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A line from Herb's speech to Miles is inspired by the Gettysburg Address. Abraham Lincoln said "testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure." Herb said, "This firm cannot prosper... nor long endure..." See more »

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During Miles's keynote speech at the NOMAN convention, his hair repeatedly goes from being perfect (combed to the side) to falling onto his forehead, even though he never touches it. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References Traffic (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Non, je ne Regrette rien
Music by Charles Dumont
Lyrics by Michel Vaucaire
Performed by Édith Piaf
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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A Hilarious Film Gone Over Many Heads
3 April 2004 | by JonBowerbankSee all my reviews

I saw this film after delaying for months due to poor reviews by critics and people on IMDb. I'm sorry I delayed, no matter how you rank the films, the Coen Brothers can never go wrong.

Sure it doesn't have as many gags as their previous films, there isn't a hoard of eccentric characters and the camera doesn't take on as much an obvious role in the film. But if you can pay attention you will actually find yourself laughing hysterically all throughout.

It's not slapstick, it's a dark, comedic take on a subject that is taboo with the majority of the population. If you want something with the same premise but tries too hard to be funny go rent "Heartbreakers" with Jennifer Love Hewitt.

But I would advise you to rent this film, and if you already have but didn't like it, rent it again, pay attention, look at the subtleties and laugh, dangit!

I give this film a 31/2 out of 4 Stars!


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