Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty ★★★★

This one took me by surprise. Typically, I'm cool to the Coen brothers, but this film proved enjoyable from start to finish.

"Intolerable Cruelty" tries to update screwball comedy to the 21st Century, and it does so. George Clooney seems to be channeling Cary Grant at some moments, and the movie remains true to the conventions of its genre (this is a "comedy of remarriage" in many ways) as well as spoofing aspects of contemporary society. (I loved the wedding ceremony with the guitar-playing pastor.)

One nice thing about this movie was that the laughs were spread around very evenly. Minor characters could produce big laughs, which is something I haven't seen in many recent films.

I loved the courtroom scene in which Clooney and his assistant utterly befuddled Edward Herrmann with their dialogue before the judge called the court to order. Splendidly done.

This "hard" title of this film hides a most enjoyable movie.