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Intolerable Cruelty

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Screwball comedy for older teens and adults.

Movie PG-13 2003 98 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

This was War of the Roses revisited but between singles instead of a couple

|This movie had little to redeem itself. The characters were self centered and selfish and it was all but impossible to like or identify with either of them. Every woman in the movie was a gold digger and all the men are either fools or philanders. You can not sympathise with any of them or feel any compassion. By the end of the movie, when love supposedly won out, you just don't care enough about them to even be moved by turn of heart.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The Coen brothers have produced their first all-out romantic comedy, and it's lots of fun to watch. The entire cast is magnificent, tossing off the Coen brothers' trademark corkscrew dialogue with just the right mix of understatement and deadly accuracy. It is an affectionate salute to the conventions of the classics -- it even has a spit take -- but it is contemporary enough for a Clarence Thomas joke and a rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" played on bagpipes.

Like the classic screwball comedies by Preston Sturges and other Coen movies, there are a bunch of colorful supporting characters, and Clooney and Zeta Jones turn in two of the finest comic performances in recent memory. Clooney owns his moment by the way he adjusts his cuff and cocks his head as he meets with his new client. Zeta Jones owns hers by walking down the stairs. Both are triple threats with impeccable comic timing, first-rate acting talent and all the movie star magic in the world as well, which keeps their characters both real and sizzlingly sexy.

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