Coen Brothers Fest #10: "Intolerable Cruelty" (At Long Last!)

“Intolerable Cruelty” was a bit of an oddity judging by the movies of Coen past. It features no Coen regulars (although this is the second film Clooney has done with them) and the story did not originate with the brothers Coen.

As usual, Clooney, under the direction of the Coens, was brilliant playing supercharged divorce lawyer Miles Massey. As my wife likes to say, George Clooney is this generation’s Cary Grant – dashing, gift for farse, master of facial expressions… Though were she forced to choose, Cary Grant would win, hands down.

Overall this movie was enjoyable with many out-loud laughs. But, it was surely not a Coen masterpiece. Rather than being a Coen film, this was more a lightly clever film that was Coenized (again a nod to the wife).

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  1. shemaiah on 16 November 2003 at 8:45 am

    How could Miranda compare George to the masterful Cary Grant???!!! I am deeply saddened by this comparison. Mr Clooney could never share “the unsuspected depth” of C.K. Dexter Haven. May my view be noted.

    Besides that, I am so glad that the two of you were finally able to see IC.

  2. shemaiah on 16 November 2003 at 8:46 am

    By the way, you wife Miranda looks suspiciously like the woman on that poster.

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