Genre Guesstimation – Intolerable Cruelty (2003)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Steve of The Movie Movie Blog Blog and it is Screwball Comedies

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to screwballsteve@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Screwball Comedies.

“Alright, Miles. Let me tell you everything you need to know. You may think you’re tough, but I eat men like you for breakfast.” – Marylin Rexroth

Number of Times Seen – 2 (5 Aug 2004 and 5 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A successful divorce attorney and the ex-wife of a former client ahve a love-hate relationship that goes on for quite a long time.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it was released on DVD and didn’t care much for it.

Since Steve chose Screwball comedies as this months genre, I decided to give it a rewatch to see if my thoughts on it have changed over the past 14 years.

Thankfully, I chose to rewatch this because I enjoyed it so much more this time than I did back then.

The Coen Brothers do an amazing job recapturing the spirit of the kind of films that fit into the genre of screwball comedies even after so many decades of Hollywood staying clear of such films.

George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones are great choices for the leads here and the back and forth that they have over the course of the film is great.

The modern twists of the film work quite well in this kind of genre and they help move the story along at a great pace.

The dialogue is superbly written and the rapid fire delivery by the characters also help keep things interesting the whole time.

Unfortunately, this film feels as if it’s missing something that would have made it even better.

Bottom Line – The Coen Brothers do a great job of recapturing the spirit of the screwball comedy even after so many decades.  Clooney and Zeta-Jones have amazing chemistry together and their back and forth over the course of the film works quite well. The modern twists and turns added to this film also help move things along at a great pace. The rapid-fire dialogue also helps keep things interesting the entire time. Unfortunately, something seems missing that would make this film even better.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Miles (George Clooney) gives his keynote speech to N.O.M.A.N, telling his audience that “love is good,” he is adapting the line from Ivan Boesky’s famous speech, in which Boesky assured his audience that “greed is good.” In turn, Boesky’s speech was reprised by Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the movie “Wall Street.” (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close. Does a nice job recapturing the feeling of the screwball comedies of the 30 and 40’s yet something seems to be missing that would make it that much better.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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