Intolerable Cruelty

Marilyn (Catherine Zeta Jones) and Howard Doyle’s (Billy Bob Thornton) marriage is phony, and Doyle is actually a soap opera actor hired by Marilyn to pose as a wealthy oil man. After her ‘divorce,’ from Doyle, penniless Marilyn pretends she’s rich and cons Miles (George Clooney) into marriage and tears up the Massey Prenup to prove her love. After the wedding, she leaves Miles and files for divorce, scheming to take all his money. Meanwhile, Rex Rexroth has a heart attack and dies without having changed his will, leaving Marilyn everything. Miles is now entitled to Marilyn’s money in the divorce settlement, but instead plots her murder so he can inherit her money. The plan fails when the hit man Miles hired accidentally shoots and kills himself, although Miles has a last minute change-of-heart and doesn’t want Marilyn dead. Marilyn and Miles reconcile during their divorce hearing. They sign another Massey prenup, but rip it up to prove they truly love and trust one another. Presumably they live happily ever after. Marilyn makes Donovan (Geoffrey Rush)(the producer who recommended the actor) a partner and he comes up with a new TV show: "America's Funniest Divorce Videos" and Gus (Cedric the Entertainer) is the host of the show.


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Rex: My wife has me between a rock and a hard place.
Miles Massey: That's her job. You should respect that.



When Marylin Rexroth's ex-husband dies, she inherits his money because he had not removed her from his will after divorcing her. Under California Probate Code ยง 6122(a)(1), the dissolution of a marriage automatically revokes any disposition or appointment of property made by the will to the former spouse.



Before marrying "Doyle", Marilyn says she wants to erase every suspicion from his mind, a reference to the Elvis song "Suspicious Minds" that is used during the title sequence.