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Intolerable Cruelty: A Great Film for an Easy Laugh

Published September 28, 2004 in HAVE YOU SEEN
By Ryan Parsons | Pictures from Universal Pictures
Intolerable Cruelty

Clooney and Zeta-Jones hit it off in Intolerable Cruelty
I have been watching HBO and the other movie channels a lot lately and have fallen in love with the film starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones titled Intolerable Cruelty. Basically, this movie cracks my ass up.

Making a Joke Out of Divorce


The movies main premise is to make a joke out of divorce and how individuals [especially wives] seem to make out by the break up. This is especially the case when there is no prenuptual agreement involved. Hence, we are introduced to women, including Marylin Rexroth [Jones], whose 'occupation' is to marry wealthy men and find reasons to divorce them and take their money. However, there exists a roadblock in the divorce attorney Miles Massey [Clooney] who has a record of saving all his clients assets. Begins the story of wonderful silliness from characters including Massey [Clooney], Rexroth [Jones], Freddy Benderand [Richard Jenkins], Howard D. Doyle [Billy Bob Thornton], and especially Wrigley [Paul Adelstein], who is Massey's associate. The actors look to be enjoying themselves through out this film with great one-liners and on-que facial expressions.

Silliness in the Courtroom


Intolerable Cruelty is one of those smaller films that offer grand amounts of exagerated characterization from a powerful acting team. Therefore, this film gives known actors, such as Clooney, a chance to show their silly side and how funny they can be. A prime example of this, from another film, is Val Kilmer as Madmartigan in Willow [which I still believe to be one of his best roles]. I love the films that are willing to serve up something funny to viewers while also allowing everyone to have a good time [including the actors]. So, in essence, Intolerable Cruelty is one of those good time films that should not be taken seriously and more enjoyed for its characters rather than its story.

Joel Coen, the director of Intolerable Cruelty [along with brother Ethan Coen], is also credit for films such as Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Ladykillers, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

Final Judgment: If you do not laugh during this film you should try to mellow out a bit. This film offers up a whole serving of comedy with a wonderful supporting cast that holds back all inhibitions. B+


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