Intolerable Cruelty Response

12 Dec

Intolerable Cruelty

The movie follows the attempts of divorce lawyer, Miles Massey, to win the affections of gold-digging Marilyn Rexroth.  Clooney’s portrayal of Massey is endearing as is Catherine Zeta-Jones as his love interest.  As a representative of her current, extremely wealthy husband in their divorce, Massey prevents Marilyn from milking her husband’s wallet in the divorce.  He hopes that she will turn to him as a new source of support once penniless.  However, in the end, the gold digger prevails and marries another man of extreme wealth leaving Massey out in the cold.

Is Intolerable Cruelty a satire of divorce American style or rather a satire of the marriage industry?

This movie can be seen both ways; however, it is more of a satire of the marriage industry.  Both characters represent the opposite side of the spectrum.  Massey is an attorney dedicated to helping tycoons keep their money whereas Marilyn is a gold digger intent on milking those same tycoons.  What audiences might miss in a traditional romance is the “love conquers all” ideal that everyone will live happily ever after.  In this case, the movie provides a satirical view of the marriage industry where love is last on the list of priorities and money rules the day.

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One Response to “Intolerable Cruelty Response”

  1. lordbyrne December 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    10/10. JB.

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