Film: ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ – “I said I wouldn’t whilst I wasn’t which implies no promise once I am.”

Divorce and Divorce  Lawyers hardly seem an obvious theme for a romantic comedy. Which probably explains why ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ is labelled as a romantic black-comedy.

I must confess that I have a certain opinion of Catherine Zeta-Jones having seen ‘Entrapment’ – which featured a rather large age gap between her and Sean Connery and general manipulation of affections.

This opinion isn’t massively flattering and is probably horribly unfair – although  ‘American Sweethearts’ added to the opinion also.


In the interests of politeness I won’t comment on Michael Douglas being 20-odd years older than her or his really interesting comments about what caused his cancer. The latter did make me feel sorry for her.

Anyway, If one happened to already have potentially thought that Zeta-Jones was a money digging slut would mean that believing her role in ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ needs no suspension of disbelief.

This is a good thing as, at least in this, she can’t act for toffee.

George Clooney is similarly afflicted, I’m aware that it could be really fantastic acting, but he seems too smug for words and wears it like a second skin.

There were some funny lines but overall it was a very disposable film.

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