• Publication date: July 19, 2009

Intolerable Cruelty Intolerable Cruelty

Beverly Hills seductress and career divorcee Marylin Rexroth is a greedy, yet sly ...

Beverly Hills seductress and career divorcee Marylin Rexroth is a greedy, yet sly gold digger with a highly successful track record. While Miles Massey is a divorce attorney whose renowned prenuptial agreements are airtight. Massey’s exemplary marriage contracts have never been disputed in court; in fact, they are considered nearly perfect, and used as study material at Harvard Law School. Although Massey has experienced unprecedented success throughout his career he refuses to fall victim to his own complacency. After countless legal victories, travels to various parts of the world, and fulfilling his material desires Massey longs for reinvigoration; he needs a new challenge, something that will reinforce his self-worth. The challenge he seeks arrives in the form of a new client: Rex Rexroth. Rex is (unfortunately for him) the husband of Marylin Rexroth, who looks to divorce Rex after her private investigator, Gus Petch breaks into a hotel room and discovers her husband committing lewd acts with an unknown blonde. Luckily for Marylin, Gus captured the entire incident on videotape, and she believes her visual evidence will guarantee a settlement in her favour. Soon after the expose Mr. Rexroth seeks the counsel of Massey, who enthusiastically accepts the case and guarantees Rex a victory – no small feat considering that video evidence exists of his client’s affair. Yet this is precisely the challenge Massey has been seeking, and defeating Marylin will help him escape the shadows of middle-aged gloom. First, Massey meets with Freddy Bender, Mrs. Rexroth’s lawyer in an attempt to reach a settlement. Naturally, Marylin is convinced that she will usurp her husband in court once the video is presented, and feels no need to compromise. Massey, who is fascinated by Marylin accompanies her to dinner one evening, gathering as much information as possible. Meanwhile, Gus – formally contracted by Mrs. Rexroth, is now working for Massey, secretly photographing pages from her private diary. When the couple’s court date finally arrives Massey is prepared for victory. Cutting quickly to the chase, Massey calls Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy to the stand. Heinz reveals to the court that several years prior to the Roxroths’ marriage, Marylin sought his assistance in finding, “a husband who could be easily manipulated.” With this shocking revelation the case promptly ends in Rex’s favour, and Massey has triumphed once again. Yet the battle has not ended, unbeknownst to Massey. Marylin reappears soon after her defeat and seeks his assistance in drafting a new prenuptial agreement, this time with oil-rich husband Howard D. Doyle. Predictably, the marriage ends in a quick annulment; unpredictably, Massey becomes her new marital target and the undefeated attorney may soon take on a most unwelcome challenge. The film’s soundtrack features classics from Simon and Garfunkel, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, and many more. This movie is rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and brief violence.