Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty ★★★★

Even lesser Coen Brothers is still Coen Brothers. Packed with their signature rapid-fire wit and over-the-top physical comedy, this tale of two horrible people finding each other through the ins and out of divorce court wouldn’t work quite as well in basically any other creative team’s hands. It helps, of course, to have everyone in on the gag, and the brothers rarely misfire when it comes to casting. Clooney and Zeta-Jones are naturally perfect in the lead roles, but as per usual for a Coen film the supporting cast is laden with excellent performances. Special note to Paul Adelstein, the sort of actor who has been in hundreds of things and never quite sticks in anyone’s brain enough to even get the character actor tag. He’s absolutely spot-on as Clooney’s emotional and somewhat hapless associate.