Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty ★★★

The balance between love and manipulation has never been funnier; it's a romantic black comedy, an oxymoronic blend of genre that only the Coens could possibly pull off. While it's inarguably far from their best work, especially considering the unevenness in tone and ultimate predictability, that's more a statement on their prolific filmography than this film itself. The humor is screwball yet sharp, a tremendous exercise in wit, wordplay, and irony, with some of the best dialogue writing I've seen from the Coens, poking fun at the culture of the uber-rich lifestyle that is Beverly Hills, and on our greedy national obsession with money. George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones absolutely body the zany hilarity and charm of their roles, and while it doesn't come together in any sort of meaningful fashion, it's an uproariously entertaining ride from beginning to end.

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