'Cruelty' Never Looked So Good
By Tracy L. Scott
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 8, 2004; Page Y05
A fabulously successful Los Angeles divorce attorney and an obstinate much-divorced woman scorned are the perfect combination for "Intolerable Cruelty."
Heartthrobs George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones star in the romantic comedy that comes to DVD and VHS Tuesday for $26.98.
The DVD includes behind-the-scenes features and outtakes from the movie.
Golden Globe-winner Clooney stars as prominent divorce lawyer Miles Massey who is becoming bored with his work and seeking new challenges.
Academy Award-winner Zeta-Jones is Marylin Rexroth, a soon-to-be ex-wife married to a wealthy philanderer.
Zeta-Jones's character hires a private investigator to ensure she will benefit in the divorce settlement, but thanks to Massey, she ends up with nothing.
Determined to get even, she devises a plan that includes marriage to oil tycoon Howard Doyle.
Zeta-Jones and Clooney butt heads to outdo one another resulting in a classic battle of the sexes.
The impressive supporting cast includes Billy Bob Thornton, Geoffrey Rush and comedian Cedric the Entertainer.
Joel and Ethan Coen, the Academy Award-winning duo behind "O Brother Where Art Thou?" and "Fargo," served as directors.
The film is rated PG-13.
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