[[caption-width-right:320:[[EvenTheGuysWantHim Eye]] [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Candy]] for all.]]
That rare [[Creator/TheCoenBrothers Coen brothers]] project based on someone else's idea. The original screenplay was written by Robert Ramsey and Matt Stone, then touched up by the Coens. Ramsey and Stone had shopped it to Creator/RonHoward and Jonathan Demme before the Coens got on board. Perhaps because of this, it seems a little out of place among their other films (not that a Coen Brothers romantic comedy wouldn't seem out of place).
Creator/GeorgeClooney plays [[AlliterativeName Miles Massey]], a hotshot divorce attorney whose prenup is the industry standard ("They devote a whole semester to it at Harvard Law"). He takes the case of [[AlliterativeName Rex Rexroth]], played by Edward Herrmann, and despite video evidence that Rex has "a [[UnusualEuphemism wandering pee-pee]]", Miles wins the case, and plaintiff Marilyn Rexroth, played by Creator/CatherineZetaJones, is left with nothing.
Or is she?
!!Tropes used include:
* AnimalReactionShot: "Does Elsbieta want some bones?"
* AteHisGun: Poor Wheezy Joe.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Wrigley to Miles.
* CatchPhrase: "I nailed his ass." (Or, "[[GratuitousFrench faire un coup de marteau sur des fesses]]".) Or, how you say, make hammer on the fanny.
* ButIPlayOneOnTV: Miles discovers that [[spoiler: Howard Doyle is not the real deal but rather just an actor]] when he sees him playing a doctor on a soap opera on TV.
* FunWithAcronyms: National Organization of Marital Attorneys [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Nationwide]], or N.O.M.A.N. Their slogan is even [[AsTheGoodBookSays "let N.O.M.A.N. put asunder..."]]
* FunnyForeigner: Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy. "Silly man. I am a Baron."
** To a lesser extent, Geoffrey Rush's bit part as a larger-than-life Australian film director.
* IrrevocableOrder: [[spoiler: The lawyers]] find they cannot reach the killer they hired.
* MenAreChildish: In the words of [[PrivateEye Gus Petch]]:
--> They never grow up, they just get tubby.
* OpeningTheme: "Suspicious Minds"
* OverlyLongName: "Your honor, I call Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy" "Call Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy!" "Heinz, the Baron Krauss von Espy!" etc...
** Also, Marilyn herself, who adds the surnames of her ex-husbands to her own name. Wheezy Jones asks "is that one person?"
* ThePlan: Marilyn's plan to defeat Miles. (Anything involving Billy Bob Thornton is going to be complicated.)
* PlayingAgainstType: A ''Coen Brothers'' '''''romantic comedy'''''. With a ''happy ending'', no less.
* PrecisionFStrike: The above-mentioned quip by the waitress.
* PsychoForHire: Subverted with Wheezy Joe. He's a psycho, just not a very good one.
* RecurringRiff: SimonAndGarfunkel tunes keep popping up.
* SlowClap: After Miles' speech before NOMAN
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The depiction of divorce and how only the lawyers benefit from it is appropriately cynical. Even in a romcom.
* ThrowingOutTheScript: Miles does this with his keynote speech at the NOMAN divorce lawyer conference.
* ThrowTheDogABone: After the husband in the beginning was left a bum by Massey, Marilyn manages to help him get him get back on top [[spoiler: in exchange for getting her in contact with Doyle.]]
* VaderBreath: Wheezy Joe and Herb Myerson (Miles Massey's boss.)