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Intolerable Cruelty (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, John H. Price, John Romano, Matthew Stone
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 15 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JMET
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,234 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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It's comic gold as two of Hollywood's most dazzling stars - George Clooney and Academy Award-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones - light up the screen in Intolerable Cruelty, a hilarious romantic comedy about men, women, and everything that can go wrong between them. Sparks fly when brilliant divorce attorney Miles Massey (Clooney) meets his match in the beautiful but ruthless Marylin Rexroth (Zeta-Jones). From Academy Award-winning directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Intolerable Cruelty also stars multi-talented Billy Bob Thornton and outrageous Cedric The Entertainer.


L’un produit, l’autre réalise, mais les deux frères Coen scénarisent ensemble depuis 1984. Abordant avec un talent réellement original quelques-uns des genres emblématiques du cinéma américain (policier, comédie musicale.…), ils se laissent glisser non sans humour sur les rives de la comédie romantique avec Intolerable Cruelty.

Miles Massey (George Clooney) est l’avocat le plus efficace qui soit en matière de divorce. Intelligent, charismatique et drôle, il est la séduction même. Marylin Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones), quant à elle, a presque fait du divorce sa profession. Belle, vénéneuse et féline, elle est la manipulation incarnée. Évidemment, leur rencontre, dans un grand jeu à qui arnaquera l’autre, fera des étincelles.

Dès le prologue et le générique, les frères Coen nous rassurent : leur ironie et leur humour second degré ne se sont pas dilués dans les codes du genre romantique. Au contraire. Personnages décalés, mise en scène à la limite du burlesque et verve des dialogues servent le film sans jamais le transformer en parodie. Car les Coen respectent le genre, sans aucun doute. En veulent pour preuves, la réalisation lumineuse et élégante, le charme de Clooney (dont les capacités d’autodérision le rendent encore plus irrésistible) et la sophistication de Zeta-Jones. Inattendu, subtil et dynamique, Intolerable Cruelty rend un bien bel hommage à l’amour. Des prises supplémentaires surprenantes, un making of et un documentaire sur les costumes complètent agréablement le DVD. – Helen Faradji.

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I am surprised at the many negative reviews here and on [...]. I consider myself to be a picky movie watcher, not easily impressed.
Intolerable Cruelty (awful title) is one of the rare films to impress me recently.
The production is very slick, as is to be expected from the Coen brothers. The acting by Clooney and Zeta-Jones is top-notch, and they were cast perfectly for their roles. There is a colorful cast of supporting characters. The film only made me laugh out loud once in a while, but almost every scene is fun since the movie doesn't take itself seriously. The plot is full of unpredictable twists, keeping things lively. The writing is excellent, with many clever lines. By the end I was truly jumping out of my seat, raving about how great a movie it is.

If you don't believe me, here's a quote from professional film reviewer James Berardinelli ([...]):

[...] for those who like intelligent, quirky movies filled with big laughs, dry wit, and other small pleasures, it's difficult to beat Joel and Ethan Coen's humorous outings. Intolerable Cruelty is the most recent of these - a film that takes the traditional romantic comedy and tweaks it by way of The War of the Roses. Rarely has strife between the sexes been so ruthless, so civilized, and so funny.

Ignore the negative reviews and give this film a chance!
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Miles Massey (George Clooney) is a ruthless divorce lawyer and Marilyn Rexroth (Catherine Zeta Jones) is an equally ruthless gold-digging wife in this Coen Brothers take on the screwball comedy genre. The film takes place in a slick, shiny and heartless Los Angeles-it's a place with no sympathy for losers. In the old thirties' comedies, there was always an element of humorous class confrontation (and sympathy for losers) that gave the films an edge-there's not enough of it here. If we knew a little bit why Miles and Marilyn were so driven (Miles seems to have a father problem, but we never really learn anything about Marilyn) it could put their behavior into perspective.
The inclusion of an African-American detective is interesting-but he's of so little value to Miles that Miles meets him for lunch in a dingy diner instead of one of the glossier restaurants we see in the film. In the screwball genre, this should be the scene where we see the better, decent side of Miles; we should see that he's a man of the people. But in this film the diner, usually a place of populist wisdom, (and a handy cinematic counterpoint to the empty values of the wealthy characters), is dismissed and ridiculed. It's too bad, because the dowdy patrons of the diner are also surrogates for the ordinary people in the audience. If Miles had met the detective in an upscale restaurant (and taken Marilyn to the diner), that would have told us something about his inborn decency despite his privileged background-then we would have really been on his side. And if we'd been given an inkling of why Marilyn is so money-hungry, we might have more sympathy for her. This film lacks the underlying empathy for ordinary people that the great comedies had beneath their slick facades. This empathy is in the other Coen Brothers films, so it's disappointing not to see it here.
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I confess to being a big fan of the Coen brothers, which is why I was surprised at my response to this film. With a cast to die for, it has all the makings of a terrific film. Unfortunately, that is about as far as it gets, as the cast cannot undo what has been done by a screenplay that is seriously flawed, due to its inability to decide what type of film it should be. Unfortunately, it looks as if the director could not make up his mind either, producing a film that is neither fish nor fowl.
At first, I thought that it would be a screwball type of comedy, with George Clooney in the role that would have gone to Cary Grant in the golden age of filmmaking. Then, it seems to take another direction altogether, as if it were supposed to be a romantic comedy with a dark side or simply satire gone awry. Who knows? The Coen brothers surely don't. The film lacks a total surety of identity that kills it, despite the stellar cast. It is a flop, pure and simple.
The plot line is a fairly basic one. It is about a slick, greedy and grasping, unscrupulous matrimonial attorney (George Clooney), the kind that gives all lawyers a bad name, and a greedy and grasping gold digging beauty (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who gives all beautiful women a bad name. Their paths cross, and the chase is on. Unfortunately, the viewer does not give a rat's behind about either one of them. There is nothing that would ingratiate them to the viewer, due to the two dimensional, leaden screenplay to nowhere in which laughs are few and far between.
If you are a die hard Coen brothers fan, as I am, do yourself a favor and, rather than buy this film, rent it first. You will thank me for this advice, once you have seen this film.
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I think the actors do a wonderful job with the materials they are given. George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, et al give their roles energy and sparkle. The story line is like watching a ball of snakes all trying to eat each other and mate at the same time. Except that these snakes are all obsessed with cosmetic surgery.
Miles Massey (Clooney) is a supremely successful divorce attorney who wins impossible settlements for his clients while crushing the other side without regard to facts, truth, or even ethics. Marylin (Zeta-Jones) is a gold digger who wants a divorce settlement to provide her with independence. Unfortunately for her she ends up on the wrong side of Massey the first time they meet. What she does about that crushing experience is the rest of the movie, which I can't talk about here.
In spite of the virtues the movie has in performance, it lacks some sparkle in the screenplay. With characters this cynical the movie needs to delight in its sheer all conquering wit to draw you in. As it is, this movie, while entertaining and funny, still left me feeling a bit outside of it all. If you like Clooney and/or Zeta-Jones then you will at least have a couple of hours looking at them. However, if you are looking for something wonderful, look elsewhere. I will say that Geoffrey Rush has a small role in this movie but proves the rule about there not being small roles only small actors. In some ways, his performance is the most memorable role in the film.
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