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Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty (12A, 99 mins) Romantic Comedy.

Catherine Zeta Jones and Billy Bob Thornton in 'Intolerable Cruelty' /Imagenet

What the critics say:


FilmFour Fast, funny and iron-clad, this may not be Joel and Ethan Coen's masterpiece but it won't alienate their true fan-base. It might even win them some new admirers.

Stella Papamichael, BBCi: One of the most inspired, scathing, and downright side-splitting comedies to come out of Hollywood this year, with the funniest shoot out in recent cinematic history.

Damon Smith, Press Association: The first film from the Coen brothers for which they didn't write the original screenplay. Their trademark quirky characters are noticeable by their absence. However, the Coens still manage to inject irreverence into the central romance and the actors are gifted some cracking one-liners.

Starring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Cedric The Entertainer, Edward Herrmann, Richard Jenkins. Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Released: October 24.

Divorce attorney Miles Massey (Clooney) is a star performer in the Los Angeles courts, winning his clients huge settlements - and himself a pretty penny into the bargain - with his theatrics and rhetoric.

However, he meets his match in wily gold-digger Marylin Rexroth (Zeta-Jones), who plans to take her latest rich husband, Rex (Hermann), to the cleaners after catching him in flagrante with another woman.

Thus begins a sexually charged war of words and underhand deeds between Miles and Marylin, which is further complicated when the dapper lawyer begins to fall in love (or is it lust) with his scantily clad prey.

Swearing: Yes

Sex: No

Violence: No

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