[[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 ([[NamesTheSame not]] [[SouthPark that one]]), then touched up by the Coens. Ramsey and Stone had shopped it to Creator/RonHoward and Creator/JonathanDemme 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 already 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: Wheezy Joe. By accident.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Wrigley to Miles.
* 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.
* CatchPhrase: "I nailed his ass." (Or, "[[GratuitousFrench faire un coup de marteau sur des fesses]]".) Or, how you say, make hammer on the fanny.
* EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth: The first time we see Miles, he's talking on a cell phone in the back of a town car; his face is in shadow but his upper teeth stand out brightly.
* 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..."]]
** 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.
* GoldDigger: Marilyn.
* HollywoodLaw: In America, if you were in your spouse's will before, but the two of you divorce later, the part of the will that left his/her property to you is automatically nullified.
* IrrevocableOrder: The lawyers find they cannot reach [[spoiler:the killer they hired.]]
* KansasCityShuffle: Miles thinks that Marilyn is marrying and then divorcing Howard Doyle for his money. It turns out that [[spoiler:Howard is just an actor, and the "marriage" is a ploy to fool Miles, her real target, in thinking that she's rich.]]
* LadyInRed: Marilyn, during the casino scene in which Miles really falls in love with her.
* MenAreChildish: In the words of [[PrivateEye Gus Petch]]:
--> They never grow up, they just get tubby.
* OpeningTheme: Music/ElvisPresley's "Suspicious Minds"
** "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.
* ThePollyanna: Wrigley, a divorce lawyer who cries at weddings. Massey name-drops the trope when he enthuses about the "berry spoons" he bought Marilyn as a second-wedding gift.
* PsychoForHire: Subverted with Wheezy Joe. He's a psycho, just not a very good one.
-->'''Miles:''' She won't suffer, will she?
-->'''Wheezy Joe:''' Not unless you pay extra.
* RecurringRiff: Music/SimonAndGarfunkel tunes keep popping up.
* SkewedPriorities: Miles' reasons for [[spoiler:trying to recall the hit on Marilyn]]:
-->'''Miles:''' [[spoiler:She's rich now! ...and I love her. I don't have to kill her!]]
* 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.
** The put-upon opposing lawyer, Bender, keeps trying to object to Massey's CourtroomAntics with grounds ranging from the ridiculously feeble ("Uh... poetry recital?") to the ludicrously unnecessary ("Objection! ''Strangling the witness!''"). The judge's response is invariably "I'm going to allow it." Notably, the latter objection was offered when Massey's client was throttling ''Massey's witness'' -- Bender had no reason to object except being the OnlySaneMan in the room.
** When we see him off-duty, Wrigley is wearing a T-shirt that reads "Objection!"
* 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.)