ENGAGE THE ENEMY.
The best divorce lawyer (George Clooney) in Los Angeles is hired by a philandering husband, and his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) aims to destroy them both. The Coen brothers reunited with Clooney after O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) for a comedy, and the star pretty much plays this new character the same way. He is hilarious and Zeta-Jones is cool as ice; they remind us of the stars of the screwball era. Watching these greedy people trade barbs is a lot of fun, and the movie is packed with the usual Coen trademarks (including a great, colorful supporting cast), but the story seems a little too familiar.
2003-U.S. 100 min. Color. Produced by Ethan Coen, Brian Grazer. Directed by Joel Coen. Screenplay: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone. Cast: George Clooney (Miles Massey), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Marilyn Rexroth), Geoffrey Rush (Donovan Donaly), Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Herrmann, Paul Adelstein… Richard Jenkins, Billy Bob Thornton. Cameo: Bruce Campbell.