Satire of Romantic Comedies

Intolerable Cruelties is a dramatic portrayal of a twisted love story in which George Clooney is a big-shot lawyer who has had great career success.  Catherine Zeta-Jones is a conniving woman who uses a concierge to find a man she can take advantage of.  When she attempts to steal his money in divorce court, George Clooney successfully defends the honor of her ex husband.   After Catherine tries to convince George that she has married again for love, she gets another divorce.  George tries to save her from a life of loneliness by hastily marrying her in Vegas.  After she tears apart the prenup, George discovers she is trying to take his money.  But when her ex husband dies, she inherits his money.  George then tries to take her money, but the two realize they were in love and stay together.


 The over dramatic acting in this movie makes fun of a classic romantic comedy.  As a person watches the actors in this movie, one can not help think that they are bad actors.  But, this idea that the actors in this movie are bad is one that the director wanted the audience to think.  By showing the laughable dramatizations of real life, a person realizes how corny and dramatic a romantic comedy is.  The director instructed the actors to poorly act in order to convey this message.


3 thoughts on “Satire of Romantic Comedies

  1. I completely agree with your statement. In the film the directors purposely tried to persuade the audience that the actors were doing a bad job when really they were just putting a playful twist on the film. I really enjoyed the way the directors made the actors play their roles in this movie because it was extremely witty.

  2. I agree with your opinion that the director wanted the characters to act in a corny way. I also think that the entire point of this film was to make fun of chick flicks. The ending was really the biggest part for me; because you don’t know whether or not the characters of Clooney and Zeta-Jones really love each other.

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