Most Hollywood comedies these days are so painfully unfunny that Intolerable Cruelty comes as a breath of fresh air. Review: Let Him Go Is a Hammy Melodrama That’s Parched for Backstory. 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. All Critics (186) Rarely has strife between the sexes been so ruthless, so civilized, and so funny. Commentary on not just the culture of the uber-rich lifestyle that is Beverly Hills, but also on our national obsession with money in particular, that fat baby: greed ("if I don't get more right now of whatever it is I want I'm gonna cry very loudly!"). With that said, Joel and Ethan Coen get to be mighty messy even with their scripting, but if there is any kind of razor-sharp wit to this overly mainstream affair, it is found within the Coens' snappy, if a little busy dialogue and audaciously, if not shamelessly over-the-top comic set pieces. 'Intolerable Cruelty' isn't Joel and Ethan at the top of their game and is incredibly uneven, but it's still fairly middle-of-the-road entertainment. Both characters are sharks, but both are human, too, and their mutual sexual attraction is so palpable you could cook with it. Review by GarethSlade ★★★★ I seem to remember the consensus being that Intolerable Cruelty was very much a lesser entry from the Coen Brothers on release. The camera just stands there and gawks at Catherine Zeta-Jones, and so does George Clooney, and so do we. Even the Coens got to make some money, my friends, but hey, if they're going to, they may as well make a decent film along the way... or get Catherine Zeta-Jones to wear a bunch of shirts and blouses that don't have necks. Style is limited, but it stands, and the Coens make sure that you don't forget that, because even though their direction is a little flimsy, as well as particularly under-inspired to begin with, they keep momentum generally smooth, with an energetic sense of color that is even sharper in the Coens' less unevenly structured writing. Intolerable Cruelty Review: I really enjoyed this Coen Brothers movie. The Coens start with nothing but ducks in this movie, and for a long time it looks like they're all in a row. Listen, I don’t expect to be warmly embraced by the National Review, but there are certain rules of journalism that I think we all should be bound by. Maybe Miles and Marylin need to be a little more nasty, a trifle more cutthroat in their demeanor to bring it all to life. Add it to your video library at a great Best Buy price. Miles is moved with the profound admiration only one slickster can have for another; when Marylin actually inspires Howard to eat the uncrackable Massey Pre-Nup (with barbecue sauce), Miles realizes he is witnessing not just beauty and genius, but a will to challenge his own. You know that it was Coens' name that made a cast this solid come calling, but now that it's here, each member, despite being unevenly used, charms, whether it be Billy Bob Thornton as the charismatic and fast-talking southwestern man of business, or Edward Herrmann as an awkwardly anxious man who cannot afford a divorce, or Cedric the Entertainer as a delightfully smooth and proud private investigator, or Paul Adelstein as the near-adorable right-hand to George Clooney's hardened role. Intolerable Cruelty: Official Clip - The Ass Nailer. The film is told from Massey's point of view. The soundtrack for the Coen Brothers' romantic comedy Intolerable Cruelty features a witty array of pop songs and excerpts from Carter Burwell's equally witty score. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. Its almost as entertaining as the Coens' "O Brother Where Art Thou," which also stars George Clooney. Intolerable Cruelty Directed by Joel Coen Rated M. The spirit of Hollywood's great satirist Preston Sturges looks down on the Coen brothers' screwball comedy, Intolerable Cruelty, doing it a … Law. the ventriloquists Oct 10 2003, 11:10pm | comments off other Coen,. Sizzle like old-time movie stars or simply become one herself while tolerable, is n't very radical -- very. Wonderful supporting cast: Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Hermann, and Clooney and sizzle. Are hung out to dry film nonetheless of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher Performances... For distinguished criticism they wo n't be able to see your review you. 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