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Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

I wasn't really expecting much from this movie, as I hadn't heard great things, but it turned out to be utterly hilarious. Of course, it's a Coen Bros. movie, so I guess it's almost impossible for it not to be funny. Here's the story: Miles Massey (George Clooney) is a divorce lawyer on the top of his game, but he's bored because he wins every case. He takes on the divorce case of Rex Rexroth, and becomes smitten with Rex's (ex-)wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Massey wins the case, and Zeta-Jones gets nothing... but then she wants to sign Massey's famous unbreakable pre-nup for her next divorce... er... marriage. A game of cat and mouse ensues as Clooney tries to woo Zeta-Jones. I haven't done a very good job of describing the plot... but take my word for it, this movie is absolutely hilarious. Cedric the Entertainer's part is especially funny - "I'm gonna nail yo' ass!"

Christopher Moyer
March 14, 2004

- Directed by Joel Coen
- Written by Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Produced by Ethan Coen

George Clooney - Miles Massey
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Marylin Rexroth
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

- Genres: Comedy, Romance

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