O Coen brothers, where art thou's perpetual onslaught of witty repartee, biting black humor and demented plot points? Some of that's here in the directing-writing siblings' latest, but something's missing in this tale of love, lawyers and nasty pre-nups. Because of his killer charm, slimy tactics and flawless track record, lawyer George Clooney is the go-to guy when you want a divorce and a supersize settlement.
He meets his match in Catharine Zeta-Jones, the sexy and manipulative soon-to-be ex of his client, who wraps him up in her own rules of engagement. Their chemistry is over the legal limit, and the supporting cast (which includes Cedric the Entertainer, Billy Bob Thornton and Geoffrey Rush) warrants equal attention. But the overly cartoonish direction of Clooney's character and the sanitary-studio feel of the film keep the whole thing from working happily ever after. Nothing more than a decent quickie--if you're into that kind of thing.