Coen flick and indie pics come home
DVD sports tolerable Clooney
by Ben Warden
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Being a member of the small but zealous group of movie fans who believe "Citizen Kane" doesn't hold a candle to "The Big Lebowski," anything the Coen Brothers put their name on deems my attention. Exit the indie financers and enter Brian Grazer with his infinite budget. The Coen's again team up with George Clooney after 2001's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" for "Intolerable Cruelty," a modern screwball comedy with a darker twist than the trailer lets on.
Clooney stars as Miles Massey, a Beverly Hills divorce attorney so infamous that the sound of his pre-nup will send gold digging wives running. Massey meets his match as he takes on Marylin Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones); the two start out as enemies as Massey handles her divorce from her rich, cheating husband (character actor Edward Herrmann). But things get complicated as Massey can't help himself from chasing the gorgeous yet dangerous Rexroth.
No Coen Brother movie would be complete without at least a few minor characters that get stuck in your brain worse than the song "Jenny From the Block." And this is where the film succeeds: Billy Bob Thornton and Cedric the Entertainer are great as small but memorable characters. What isn't so memorbale is the DVD's special features, which include a making-of featurette, outtakes and little else.
"Intolerable Cruelty" has all the ingredients of a Coen Brother movie, only not taken to the extremes as they have in the past with films like "Lebowski" and "Fargo." In the end, witty dialogue and clever plot twists mixed with the charm of Clooney and Zeta-Jones make it a worthwhile rent. As the Dude himself would say, "Far out."