INTOLERABLE CRUELTY


2003

7/10

DIRECTOR: Joel & (Ethan) Coen

George Clooney is the king of cool and as such it can be easy to forget that he is also a very talented comedic actor. This is a facet that the Coen Brothers haven’t missed as they cast him as a cynical divorce lawyer in this typically off-beat Coen comedy.

The Coen’s are an acquired taste with their brand of comedy often leaving the masses behind, but their tallents are clearly on display for all to see and this was no exception. I found the film funny, though not hilarious, but it was all in the performances and little to do with the story, which for all intents and purposes was threadbare at best.

It had something to do with Clooney’s lawyer falling for a gold-digging serial divorcee and his life and outlook changing as a result. This has the usual Coen comedic misadventures and misunderstandings that we’ve come expect, with previous Coen films such as Fargo, Miller’s Crossing and The Big Lebowski to serve as examples.

The story though, seemed to be underwritten with little to speak off and nothing to really spoil as nothing significant seems to happen. Worth a watch for the great performances, especially a first reel cameo from Geoffrey Rush and Clooney charm but don’t expect this to be a great work, because it deciding wasn’t.

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