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Aro Recommended Intolerable Cruelty

 

USA 2003, 95 minutes
Dir. Joel Coen
Rating: [M]
Genres: Comedy / Romance, Screwball

 

Aroview: Another sophisticated comedy from the Coen Brothers, here certifying George Clooney as a leading man with dab comic timing, opposite a smouldering, equally-well-cast Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Set in an LA where everyone is rich and unscrupulous, Clooney’s cocky divorce lawyer meets his match in Zeta-Jones’ gold-digging serial divorcee, who schemes revenge after he legally frisks her of a lucrative divorce settlement. Influenced by the smart, dialogue-driven “screwball” satires of Preston Sturges and Ernst Lubitsch, the Coens’ update hangs itself on the hilarious conceit of the ‘pre-nup’ agreement - drawn up and ripped to shreds at will - typifying the fine and fickle line between trust and greed in high society.

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DVD Features

  • deleted scenes
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1
 

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