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Overall Rating
1.51

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look: 2.44%
Average: 4.88%
Pretty Bad: 34.15%
Total Crap58.54%

5 reviews, 11 user ratings


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Ugly Truth, The
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by Jason Whyte

"Recommended if you like to stare at Heigl's weird teeth."
2 stars

With the gambling film “21” that came out in spring of last year, you’d think that director Robert Luketic was trying to change his path from the easy comedies of “Legally Blonde” and “Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!” into new territory. And while “21” just wasn’t that great (at least to me) at least I could see a style and form of storytelling that I didn’t know the man had, and he was trying for something better.

Of course, he doesn’t continue to go that way, even when “21” was a hit in theaters. Instead, he takes the safe route again and makes a disposable, forgettable new comedy called “The Ugly Truth” that admittedly has a few chuckles, a surprising chemistry between its leads and a few fun sequences here and there, but like the recent “The Proposal”, the film is forgotten almost the moment you walk out of the cinema.

Meet Abby (Katherine Heigl), a producer of a morning news show in San Francisco. When ratings are down, in comes Mike (Gerard Butler), a host of a cable show called “The Ugly Truth” where he puts to rest. Mike, who seems to be channeling David DeAngelo’s (oh you know that name. You’ve probably been spammed by at least one of his emails plugging his books) way of thinking, knows what women really want and how the guy should be going about getting that woman. Frank T.J. Mackey, he’s not.

The station loves it, although Abby is infuriated at the prospect of Mike getting onto her station. When the two meet, they immediately dislike each other. Abby is a control freak, scaring off potential suitors. When she meets a neighbor doctor -- in an all convenient Meet Cute involving a tree, a cat, an open window and a towel -- named Colin (Eric Winter, last seen in the Harold & Kumar sequel and who has definite star potential), they fall for each other. Abby, however, doesn’t want him to fall for her crazy ways, so in comes Mike to help save the day.

I think we’d have a more fun time if Mike’s show was somewhat believable. I just don’t see a show like this getting picked up on a network news show, and THEN getting so quickly to a late night lineup (although let’s be fair; he gets onto The Craig Ferguson Show. If you have a new CD of Polka music, you could probably get on The Craig Ferguson Show). You also know that Mike and Abby are going to feel something for one another at some point, yet the film doesn’t really do a good job at bringing the two together; they connect because the screenplay tells them to.

That said, there IS a spark between Mike and Abby, and I think because of the utter charm of Gerard Butler (“300”, “PS I Love You”) and Katherine Heigl (“27 Dresses”) the film has a slight watchable factor to it that makes you wish a better screenplay was involved. I was rarely bored by watching the action unfold, even if we have seen it oh so many times before. I also could have done without bizarre comic setups, including a scene where Abby wears a vibrator to a restaurant, and everything that you think will happen, does happen. Robert Luketic’s direction is on auto-pilot, with no character or drive.

This is not a terrible film by any means, but I’m just left cold in the same way I was with the recent film “The Proposal”; try as they might, it all still just goes through the motions and you just wish there was more to it. “500 Days of Summer” with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, is likely still playing in your area and is the most delightful charmer that you’ll see in years. Don’t miss it. This one’s a mediocre time-killer on cable if you have nothing better to do. Yes, Columbia Pictures, you are more than welcome to quote that on the DVD cover.

(But hey, the audience I saw it with seemed to laugh at it, so what do I know.)

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User Comments

9/23/11 Nuala Kelly from NI I've not got a wee potata face 1 stars
11/15/09 Duke7734 Some fun...Gerard is great in comedy, too 3 stars
9/02/09 Rhys Hiegel can't act. Take some acting lessons. 1 stars
8/19/09 Luisa Cute chick flick with enough raunchiness 4 stars
8/08/09 Angie It started O.K. but went WAY downhill... 3 stars
8/04/09 Steve Hock Trash, trash, and more Heigl trash! 1 stars
8/02/09 Ming this film has no chemistry...its supid for her to fall for him 2 stars
7/31/09 This movie sucks Yes, it's sexist and retarded. 1 stars
7/30/09 gc No chemistry, lame bathroom humor, rips off when harry met sally too 1 stars
7/29/09 PAUL SHORTT UGLY, MEAN-SPIRITED ROMANTIC COMEDY THAT LACKS COMEDY AND ROMANCE 1 stars
7/25/09 Isaac Lies 2 stars
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USA
  24-Jul-2009 (R)
  DVD: 10-Nov-2009

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  24-Jul-2009
  DVD: 10-Nov-2009




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