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Joel and Ethan Coen give us a screwball comedy, something looked upon less favourably than their more serious filmmaking. Their intelligent and offbeat films have been underrated. I wouldn't think that “Intolerable Cruelty” would be treated that way, though. The laughs, wit, and charming acting provide one of the most enjoyable films I've seen in recent months.

The best part of the film is that it contains two big stars: George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. They get to use their charismatic personalities to maximum effect. The chemistry between them is dazzling.

George Clooney plays Miles Massey, a successful divorce lawyer. He is suave and completely in love with himself, and he is famously known for his pre-nuptial agreements. He works them to perfection. You can see, however, that he longs for new challenges. Meanwhile, Marylin Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is a real gold-digger, marrying very rich men that she can divorce soon after. She manages to come across plausibly in the court room battles. Despite the impressive list of benefits that she has scored from multiple divorces settlements, she too longs for something more fulfilling, than just living with money and possessions.

Not surprisingly, the two meet up during a divorce proceeding and Miles scores a big win for his client. Marylin‘s charisma stirs deep feelings within Miles’ heart. Will she try to exact revenge on her lost case or will she just fall in love with the handsome lawyer. Miles tries to woo her and a battle for each other's affection ensues.

This film brings up two modern-day stars that can easily sit alongside each other in the same way as famous pairings did in the 1940s and 1950s. There is undeniable chemistry and quality in their sparkling on-screen partnership. They naturally dominate the film and they deliver simple lines effectively.

“Intolerable Cruelty” is well written and funny. The dialogue is smart and it's accompanied by several humorous characters, including a jealous TV producer (Geoffrey Rush), a simple-minded oil company owner (Billy Bob Thornton), and a flamboyant Baron Krauss von Espy (Jonathan Hadary). Clooney's comedic talent has grown even more since “O Brother, Where Art Thou”. His courtroom scenes are worth observing. This is not your typical Coen brothers film, but it's one of the funniest this year and great enjoyment will be had. It is anything but intolerable.

Screening on general release.