Intolerable Cruelty, VHS Movie starring George Clooney and Cathering Zeta-Jones, 2004. Rated PG 13.
Billed as a Romantic comedy.
Miles Massey (George Clooney) is a California divorce lawyer legendary among his peers as the author of the impenetrable "Massey prenup" — "only love is in mind if the Massey is signed." When Rex Rexroth (Edward Herrmann), a wealthy industrialist thrown out of the matrimonial home for cheating on his wife, comes to him with a request that the little woman should take away as her divorce settlement precisely nothing, Miles takes the case as "a challenge."And, in a hilarious courtroom scene, he wins it! But he is also powerfully attracted to the now-penniless, now ex-wife, Marylin (Catherine Zeta-Jones), who for her part is still determined to marry for money but to "nail the guy’s ass good this time."
This "ass-nailing" becomes a running and very Coen-esque joke in the movie, particularly as it is practised by private detective Gus Petch (Cedric the Entertainer). It is not hard for us to figure out that Marylin will be doubly pleased if the ass she can nail belongs to Miles Massey, but it is equally obvious that the two of them have feelings for one another in a Beatrice and Benedick sort of way. The main suspense in the movie therefore lies in the uncertainty over how this contradictory pair of narrative inevitabilities — ass-nailings in two very different senses of the expression — will ultimately be reconciled.