The Ugly Truth

2009-10-09 10:48
 
The Ugly Truth

What it's about:

Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a romantically challenged morning show producer whose search for Mr. Perfect has left her hopelessly single. She's in for a rude awakening when her bosses team her with Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), a hardcore TV personality who promises to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick.

What we thought:

Remember Knocked Up? Katherine Heigl once complained that it was too male-orientated and sexist. Well, she owes an apology to writer-director Judd Apatow because The Ugly Truth takes sexism to the extreme.

Heigl plays Abby, a fearsome, career-orientated woman (reminiscent of Sandra Bullock's role in the mega-successful  movie The Proposal) who is as determined when it comes to relationships and men. 

She wants Mr. Perfect so badly, she is willing to do anything to get him. However, her efforts reek of desperation and she isn’t doing a very good job of finding her true love. Enter the roguish Mike Chadway (Butler) who is heartless yet experienced with a hardcore to approach to the gender wars. Heigl and Butler definitely have onscreen chemistry, making them a great pair to team up. His rugged "bad boy" looks rub her prim Miss Perfect image the wrong way. And while Abby seems too scared to change or do anything daring in her life, Mike goes where the wind takes him. With these dependable "will-they won't-they" romantic elements intact, the idea is on the right path.

But, for all their outward beauty, these characters have more in common with the movie title than it would seem. Rife with bitchy, sexist, crude dialogue, it all comes across more forced than flowing. As a purported "romantic comedy", The Ugly Truth makes a hash of both concepts.

Director Robert Luketic (who gave us Monster-in-Law and Legally Blonde) just didn’t get it right this time around. The "battle of the sexes" formula is now an over-milked cow, aimlessly roaming the Hollywood Hills. Unsurprisingly there is nothing original or vaguely charming about this movie. You'll need to be in a genuinely light-hearted frame of mind to avoid getting irritated by the vapidity on display.

But if vibrating underwear is what tickles your funny bone, then this one is for you.


What happens when you put Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler together? A mudslide of sexist crudeness…

slindile 2009/10/08 10:26 AM
DVD it is then
Awesome! 2009/10/08 3:26 PM
I absolutely loved this movie. Some funny moments and an absolute chick flick!
preshen govender 2009/10/08 3:30 PM
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i agree with slindile ,i 'll but a fong kong dvd then
mandy 2009/10/08 4:53 PM
This is one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. Thought it would be another ho hum rom/com but it was seriously funny!! Wasn't only a chick flick, I think guys will have a good laugh too and then rag their girlfriends for stupid things they've done!
Mistake 2009/10/09 8:41 AM
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Just FYI - It's Gerard Butler, but by the sounds of the article - who cares, right?
Mistake 2009/10/09 8:42 AM
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Just FYI - It's Gerard Butler, but by the sounds of the article - who cares, right?
louise 2009/10/09 9:11 PM
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Anything Gerard Butler does is alright by me. He oozes charm and sax appeal in everything he does. What a hunk!!!
Caley 2009/10/20 8:26 PM
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this is one of the best movies ive seen in awhile! laughed from the beginning to the end, even though i saw it with my mom. Gerard's tounge and cheek comments are BRILL and katherine's character epitimizers so many women out there searching for love! Do yourselves all a favour and DO NOT dvd it, go get yourself some popcorn and watch it on te big screen, where its always better :)
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