Intolerable Cruelty (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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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.
Lun produit, lautre 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 lavocat 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 lautre, 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 dautodérision le rendent encore plus irrésistible) et la sophistication de Zeta-Jones. Inattendu, subtil et dynamique, Intolerable Cruelty rend un bien bel hommage à lamour. 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!
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.
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.
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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interesting show and good acting f c c c c c c c c c c c c c c ,avm,svbPublished on Feb. 19 2013 by Roger ramjet
A comedy of Hollywood infidelity and monetarily inspired marital maneuverings, Intolerable Cruelty is probably the Coens' worst movie. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2010 by Harrison Koehli
Absolutely phenominal!! Catherine Zeta-Jones and George Clooney make an awesome team! The storyline is a little different but it has an interesting twist on love, marriage and... Read morePublished on June 28 2005 by CZJ Fan!!!
as long as you realize this is a screwball comedy, it's not SO bad. there are some very funny moments, courtesy of clooney. but there are also many dead spots. Read morePublished on July 17 2004
What happened? Good cast give it their all only to have all the humor incinerated by the director. And the camera work was atrocious too!Published on June 21 2004 by SIR
I rented this movie and it was the biggest piece of dogcrap I've seen since.. uhhh Scooby Doo? The annoying snotty character of Catherine Zeta-Jones is so annoying and after... Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Lalaine
If you enjoy the classic screwball comedies of Preston Sturges (The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels), you'll enjoy this. It's not great, but it is very good. Read morePublished on June 10 2004
The Coen Brothers almost never fail to engage me, and Intolerable Cruelty didn't disappoint. The movie has a simple premise (as many of their films do) but is populated by strange... Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by R. Barmore
Before watching this movie, make sure that you either (A) Had plenty of sleep before watching, or (B) Watch with your significant other and snuggle. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Pneuma
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