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The Ugly Truth
Release date:- 2009
The Ugly Truth was on my DVD shelf for as long as I can remember, I don't remember if it was a present of if I paid for it but regardless I sat and watched this film today as I'm in a rom com mood as you can probably tell by my recent reviews.
Abby produces a morning news show in which the ratings are rapidly going down hill and about to be cancelled. To boast the ratings and hopefully save the show and Abby's career. Abby's boss hires Mike Chadway. Mike Chadway, a local chat show host who promotes the Ugly Truth. The Ugly Truth is that sex is the only glue in a relationship. Men can't change. Men only respond to women's looks. Abby has a checklist of the perfect man and her new neighbour Colin ticks every box. Abby and Mike have an agreement that he'll help her get Colin and he'll get to stay on the show.
Abby- Katherine Heigl
Mike- Gerard Butler
Colin- Eric Winter
I didn't turn the film off half way through as I wanted to know what would happen. This is a very crude film with sex being the main topic of discussion and I may be old fashioned but I want to find a guy that is perfect and different to what Mike thinks but we'll see. I probably won't watch the film again as it's not that enjoyable but for a quiet morning there's not much else to do. I started watching the film by hating Mike and his ways and comments. He was arrogant and rude and I spent the whole film wanting him to be wrong but at the same time I couldn't switch it off so there was something good about it.
I found this movie to be crude from start to finish; more offensive than funny.
I found it really awkward and uncomfortable to watch, although its advertising framed it as a fun family watch.
Like with most romantic comedies this was incredibly obvious and cliche, but without the ending being satisfying. The characters had no depth to them at all and I almost didn't finish watching.
I am a big fan of both Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl but I was left really cold and disappointed by this. Their acting skills weren't stretched in the slightest and I can really understand why this bombed at the cinema.
For such a promising storyline, this could have been handled so much better and made to be way funnier than it actually was - if they had left the slapstick jokes out of it.
On the plus side the soundtrack is really good and worth downloading more than the film itself.
Overall, this is one to watch if you have nothing better to do, but don't go out of your way to watch it.
tle: The Ugly Truth
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner.
Director: Robert Luketic
Running: 96 minutes
Abby Richter, a romantically challenged TV news show producer is tutored in the ways of dating by Mike Chadway, a chauvinistic colleague as he attempts to prove his theories on relationships.
Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses) and Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen) both produce simply terrible performances and together they are quite hideous. They have zero chemistry. Heigl was passable in 27 Dresses and in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up but here she sneers and fake-smiles her way through proceedings while Butler who was preposterous in both Law Abiding Citizen and Gamer fairs little better here.
The script is awful. It's often crude, seldom funny, and basically just poor. Heigl is playing a TV news producer but the things that she does in this film simply would not happen. I could not suspend my disbelief past the opening ten minutes. She says and does things that are not befitting her position. Butler's character is even worse, his on-air antics would not be seen as quirky, they would not increasing ratings, rather, they would be seen as totally unprofessional and he would be sacked, whilst viewers complained or turned off altogether.
The plot outline is painfully obvious from the outset. Is there no originality left in the movie business? Why are all rom-coms the same? Why do the characters always have to go through the exact same motions - we are complete opposites, we hate each other, we end up overcoming some difficulties together, we see that we have some things in common, we fall in love. It's sickening.
The Ugly Truth is that this is an ugly film in possible everyway. The acting is terrible, the direction is lifeless, the storyline is entirely implausible, the language is crude and the situations are ridiculous. This film is ugly, ugly, ugly - and that's the truth.
(Film only review)
== The Ugly Truth ==
Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a TV producer in Sacramento, California. Coming home from a terrible date one night which she wished she never agreed to, she happens to see a little bit of a television show called, The Ugly Truth, run by Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), whose tells it how it is about relationships but this makes Abby phone into the show to argue with him live on air. This argument erupts straight from the word go and you can see at that point theres going to be chemistry between them. The next day at her workplace she discovers that her show might be getting cancelled due to it not pulling in the viewers. However the owner of Abby's show has hired a new recruit called Mike who has a high audience what ever he does and they recruit him to do a segment on her show to bring them back up. Little does she know that it is the same guy she was arguing with on the phone.
At first, the two have a very weird work relationship. Abby doesn't like Mike and thinks Mike is disgusting and self centered while Mike actually finds Abby attractive but thinks she is a HUGE control freak. When she thinks she meets the man shes been searching for, a doctor named Colin (Eric Winter) who happens to be her new neighbour (they meet in a very strange way), Mike persuades her to follow his lead and she will have him in no time. She agrees to his helpful advice and if he can get her the man she wants, proving his theories on relationships, she will work happily with him and never diss him again, but if Mike fails, he agrees to quit.
The story in The Ugly Truth is actually really good and different in many ways to your usual romantic comedy film and is surprisingly really funny. The story is basic but stands out and it is very different to most comedy films. Its fun, unique and makes sense. We do get a lot of movies where the story line is just pointless or doesn't make any sense what so ever but in The Ugly Truth it is one of which can actually happen. All in all a top notch story line, one of the best I have seen in my opinion. Worth watching just for the story, its great!
=== Did You Enjoy It? ===
I enjoyed The Ugly Truth, I like Gerard Butler in my opinion he is a fine actor and he plays his role amazingly, with out him this movie would suffer. But the movie is really enjoyable due to the story line and the one liners. I probably enjoyed this more because I was having a pizza whilst watching it. Not that I could taste it very well due to my bad cold returning! Seriously tho I really enjoyed this, its got everything. Funny jokes, smart acting and a top quality ending (I wont give it away). If your a fan of romantic comedy movies you will love this one. I have to thank a friend of mine for reminding me about this yesterday, as its about a year old now and I had completely forgot about it. This goes down of one of the best movies I have ever seen and one of the funniest.
=== Characters/Performances ===
Now the cast line up is pretty good and the one that stands out the most has to be Gerard Butler. They all do a rather interesting but yet a good performance and I love the character Gerard plays. Straight up guy who tells it as it is, not worrying about the consequences. There are other great characters/actors or actresses in The Ugly Truth and I'm not usually a fan of Katherine Heigl but in this, shes just brilliant. Anyways here is a short list of the actors/actresses in the movie and the role they play.
*Gerard Butler as Mike Chadway, as Abby's male chauvinist correspondent and a guy who tells it how it is.
*Katherine Heigl as Abigail "Abby" Richter, a romantically challenged morning show producer.
*Eric Winter as Colin Anderson, an orthopaedic surgeon who lives across from Abby.
*Cheryl Hines as Georgia Bordeney, co-anchor of the morning show, married to Larry.
*John Michael Higgins as Larry Williams, co-anchor of the morning show, married to Georgia.
*Bree Turner as Joy Haim, assistant and friend to Abby who is also love starved and lives vicariously through Abby. In the alternate ending she is shown to be in a relationship with Colin.
*Kevin Connolly as Jim Ryan, a terrible blind date.
*Yvette Nicole Brown as Dori Coleman.
*Craig Ferguson as Himself.
That is pretty much the cast list, well the main ones. In my opinion the others aren't really worth mentioning and the cameos aren't worth mentioning either as they are pretty much unknown.
=== Soundtrack ===
The soundtrack in my opinion was a hit and miss category. Some of the tracks were great and some just didn't make an impact. Some good songs went well with some scenes and some good songs went badly with scenes. Also some bad songs went well with scenes and some good songs went terrible with some scenes. Its all kinda confusing but if you watch it you will know exactly what I mean. Here are the tracks and artists in the movie soundtrack.
*Katy Perry - Hot N Cold
*Rick Krive - Cafe Metropole
*Scott Robinson - Catz Meow
*Nikka Costa - Everybody Got Their Something
*Daniel May - Solo Violin 2
*Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine
*Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha - Right Round
*Josh Kelley - Under The Covers
*Los Pinguos - Soluna
*Latin Soul Syndicate - El Gitano del Amor
*Daniel Merriweather - Chainsaw
=== The Director ===
The Ugly Truth was directed by Robert Luketic who was born 1st November 1973 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Robert Luketic has directed some pretty good films that are worth checking out if you like this. He has also directed, Killers starring Ashton Kutcher, 21 which I have also reviewed and its a fantastic movie and he has also directed Monster In Law with Jennifer Lopez. So he is a well known director throughout the film industry and expect more top films to come from this uprising and young director.
=== Other Bits ===
The Ugly Truth has many films that are similar to this but it is one that stands out in my opinion. The Ugly Truth has almost everything you could wish for in a movie for example, classic comedy, great actors/actresses and an absolutely amazing story. The only thing I can fault this movie on is the weird soundtrack system they have done to the movie. Gerard Butler is at his best and he really does fantastically well. There aren't many special effects but do you ever get them in movies like this?. The Ugly truth has a runtime of roughly about 100 minutes and in my opinion it maybe could of gone on a bit longer as it was really enjoyable. Either that or my pizza was better. Also The Ugly Truth is Rated R for sexual content and some strong language. I would give The Ugly Truth a solid 9/10, it was simply fantastic and enjoyable!
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TV producer Abby is an uptight career woman. Man's man Mike who knows everything about how men and women can get to the heart of their intended loved ones. The two of them clash initially, but Abby soon realises that he is the answer to her lack of luck in dating. What ensues is a comedy of errors as Mike tries to show her what she's doing wrong.
I honestly believe you're never going to find a romcom that's going to come close to being a dazzling Oscar winner. Therefore, it's important that those involved in making this genre of film realise there's no need to try and push the boat out. Some quirky characters, likeable actors and a good smattering of situational comedy is the best equation for success, and luckily that's what The Ugly Truth does.
Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler are two aesthetically pleasing actors. Heigl's prettiness is matched by the way she goes about giving us Abby as a character - she tries too hard and it becomes endearing, although you'd be really annoyed if you were trying to have a date with a walking diary! Conversely, Butler's gruff take-it-as-it-comes attitude is the best thing he could be. Casting was very clever, as these two play these sorts of roles very well here.
Things have to be very flowing in a romcom like this. Ultimately, there's nothing new here that hasn't been tried before, so the pace has to dictate. I think that what director Robert Luketic does well is keep the viewer's focus switching. There are moments where the two characters start realising they have feelings for each other, and the visual acting and direction as opposed to any vocal performances really makes the tension build a bit. I found myself watching it not with trepidation but with intrigue and a slight smile on my face. There's something about being given a fly on the wall position, especially as people try and psych themselves up for things that then fall apart in a comedic way.
I can't honestly say that there were any moments where I started to get bored. Usually in a film there are moments where things just need to settle a little bit and give the viewer that element of relaxation before the next twist or thrill or shock or laugh comes along. Here, there were moments like this, but they were filled with quirky extra little things, which seemed to say that Luketic had thought of every second and not just filtering bits and bobs around the main plot. I was impressed by this, and it made the film go much quicker without pushing it and it feeling forced.
So, a decent plot, enjoyable comedy elements that are relatable, good acting and thoughtful direction all combine to make this one of the better romcoms of late. It's believable, and it plays on the fact that romance is never an easy thing despite how easy it is to analyse. Well done all round, although as I said at the outset, I can't ever see a romcom being an exceptional film. Recommended.
I remember when she first started out, Katherine Heigl. She was the blue-scrubbed suck-up that sent hearts pumping in 2005 as Dr. Izzie Stevens, one of the founding cast-members of Grey's Anatomy.
She did have a three-year spell in Roswell High six years prior, but that was weird, so we'll discard that.
Anyway, since stealing the audience in one of America's, nay, the World's, biggest hospital drama, her career has done nothing but escalade. So much so, that she's now all but a household name, and has even become the star of some shows in her own right.
Namely Knocked Up, her 2007 'big' film debut. Arguably the star of the show in this. Let's face it, without her womb, the show would be nothing. Then, just one year later, she enriched her female audience with a central role in the biggest 'girl-film' to date. 27 Dresses. Nearly two hours of dresses and love-stories. Can't think of a worse combination, but you can't have everything, can you?
Well, 2009 came and she upped her game. Still driving the rom-com train, but this time she had a little stop off in humour Ville. The Ugly Truth is still very much a rom-com, but I have to say, it's one of the better ones.
Starring opposite Scottish heart-throb Gerard Butler, there was a certain aroma of actual interest to this film. Less of a stereotypical bore-fest, and more of an intriguing, masculine friendly, (well, friendlier) comedy film, whose main characters just happen to talk about love and stuff.
Butler is a mans man. A big, tough, soldier of a man. RocknRolla, 300 and Law Abiding Citizen to name but a few of his 'man-films'. You won't find tissues or nail varnish anyway near those. More like a tin of Guinness and a Yorkie bar.
Having said that, his resume does include a certain accreditation from P.S. I Love You. Not a masculine film at all, but he probably just starred in that because he fancied Hilary Swank or something.
So, two very respectable acting parties here. Which is useful, because The Ugly Truth doesn't have oozes of stars, just these two from recent times, anyway.
Without even mentioning the film plot, I suspect you can guess that he comes in, she hates him, some time passes, she loves him, the end.
That's the rom-com requirement checklist isn't it?
This is different though. Instead of spending 90 minutes pursuing her, Butler spends most of his time helping her get someone else. A bit weird that, seemingly going against every natural aspect of a rom-com, but the change in originality is a welcomed addition that keeps even men interested for more than they should be. Even if they protest otherwise.
There are some truly hilarious scenes in here. I won't spoil the surprise too much, simply enlighten you with a few key words. Such as vibrating underwear. Important meal. And, boss. A recipe for giggles, no doubt.
I can remember disliking this movie first time around, but I think in time it did grow on me, and I would recommend it as a 'compromise'. If you're reading this as a woman, tell your man that it's full of boobs and masculinity, which is sort of true. Well, it isn't, but it'll be too late by the time he realises. If you're reading this as a man however, suggest this to your woman. The though of suggesting a film tailored specifically to females will undoubtedly reap your barrels of brownie points, and as it's one of the better ones anyway, you won't even be in too much displeasure. But she doesn't need to know that.
That's about all that can be said without going into the plot too much, though I will say a welcome 'hello' to Natasha Bedingfield, who popped up on the soundtrack from a 'year out' of music that seemed to have been going on for around eight years. Welcome back, Natasha.
***FILM ONLY REVIEW***
The Ugly Truth, released in 2009 and starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, is about Abby (Heigl), a TV producer who isn't very good with romance, and Mike (Butler), the new star of Abby's show who thinks he knows everything about relationships. Thanks to Mike's vulgar ways, the two clash but soon become friends as Mike tries to help Abby overcome her uptight attitude to dating in order to snare the man of her dreams.
The Ugly Truth is a comedy about romance. Not quite a romcom as we know it (which focuses more on the romance), but more about the comedy which ensues as a result of these two very different personalities coming together.
The story is, well, see through. It is incredibly clichéd, and you know the ending before you start watching the film - unless you are watching it with absolutely no idea of the storyline. That said, there are laughs to be had along the way, and you do have to wonder at how they will reach the ending you know will happen.
Heigl is good as the uptight Abby. Having not seen her in anything else, I don't know if this is her usual type of character, but it certainly seems to be one she is at ease with and plays very convincingly. Not only does she play uptight well, she plays uptight-trying-to-be-relaxed very well; when the character tries to relax and "be herself", it's clear that she's not comfortable and not exactly being herself.
Butler is also the perfect choice for the vulgar, loud mouthed Mike. You certainly can't imagine any "pretty" actor playing this role, as Butler's rugged looks suit it just right. He plays the part well, and I suspect he probably enjoyed being that rude guy.
The actors are good, but the problem lies with the characters. They are almost cartoonish: Abby is too uptight compared to Mike, who is too relaxed and loud. It's like the writer decided on a premise, decided on the opposite characters of the two leads, then took it too extremes and made them as far apart as is believable. The characters are believable, but they really are bordering on cartoons.
The Ugly Truth is an enjoyable film, and worth a watch. The characters may be a bit extreme, but it is a comedy after all, and although I came away thinking the characters were a bit much, it didn't hamper my enjoyment of the film as a whole.
Film only review.
Before we start lets get it right this is a romantic comedy so if you suffer an aversion to those steer clear of this review and the film is the best advice I can give you!
Set in Sacramento, America we start off by meeting the very professional Abbey (Katherine Heigi) who is the producer of a morning tv show which ratings are falling badly of. Slightly uptight with a checklist for all guys she meets has a mental (and an actual!) checklist which is making her the type of gal which is all work no play. One night she goes on a disastrous date, gets back, flicks on the tv and her cat flicks the remote control off a news programme that is on to a late night cable channel where Mike (Gerard Butler) is the star of a show called 'The Ugly Truth'. Mike has a misogynistic and egotistical way to him about the thoughts of men and women being so different, is rude and obtuse in his analysis and annoys Abby so much when she's watching that she calls in to a phone in segment of his show to pull his ideas down a peg or two.
Course this doesn't work and he resorts to insults and calling her a dog. Not good, particularly when the following day she goes into work to find that he is about to work on her live show that she produces to try pull in more of an audience
She doesn't like his methods and opinions, Mike continues to be rather sexist and doesn't care about his crude language on and off the air and she remains uptight.
Abby meets a gorgeous neighbour and decides to not play cool (as she doesn't know how to!) and phones him in front of Mike who thinks (and is right) that she is hopeless with the opposite sex. He then wades in and decided to 'help' her get and keep this guy. This involves a shopping trip and his wisdom on do's and don't and yep Abby gets the relationship she wants....or does she? Or is her new man Josh actually dating Mike through her?
The ending of the film is predictable and I'm trying my best to not give it away but before even putting the dvd in my dvd player I predicted the ending! Annoying when you can do that I always think!
What you get with this is 1 hr and 32 minutes of fluff really. Gerard Butler looks like a munchkin and for me he is much overrated and is miscast totally in this film for starters.
Yes there are slightly amusing parts in this film and the growing friendship is played out quite well. I have to admit to being amused by this films colourful language and openness about sex I.E Mike buys Abbey a pair of vibrating pants to help her 'bean' and her orgasm scene in a busy restaurant with him, her boyfriend and a load of suits was quite amusing but sadly like I said earlier I knew what the ending of this film would be. Sadly I hoped for some sizzle between the pair which I didn't get and I didn't find it sexy but it was ok just not the best watch I've had in ages lol.
Directed By Robert Luketic. Classified 15.
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FILM ONLY REVIEW
Abby is a producer on a morning television show and is happy with her work life, it is her love life she is having problems with. She has had a lot of unsuccessful dates and just wishes she can find the perfect man. After one of her bad dates she returns home only to find her cat turning the television over to a local channel which is showing a show called 'The Ugly Truth'.
The Ugly Truth is hosted by Mike Chadway and he is a straight talking man who tells women what men really want. Abby is enraged by what he is saying and phones the show only to be talked down to and accused of being ugly. The following morning Abby arrives at work only to discover that Mike has been given a job on her show as they need to get the ratings up. Abby is enraged by this but soon she is warming to Mike as he agrees to help hr find and date her perfect man.
Can Mike prove he does know what men want and will Abby get her man?
I was looking forward to watching this film as it did look quite funny from the trailers and I do like both the lead actors, I am pleased to say I was not at all disappointed by the film and thoroughly enjoyed it. The storyline was good, it was similar to other films but there was a little twist with the way the characters delivered it that made it seem fresh and more appealing. I did however work out how the film was going to end even before we got half way through it but I did not let this spoil the viewing for me and it just meant I did not have to concentrate hard on what was happening.
The acting was good. Katherine Heigl played the role of Abby and she gave an excellent performance. She came across as very hard and stubborn one moment and then we would see a completely different side to her and I found this gave her a lot of depth. I think that even though we never got to find out about her past I still learnt enough to be able to understand and warm to her. There was a good chemistry between her and the role of Mike and I loved how they bantered with each other and it all seemed so natural and not at all forced and uneasy. The role of Mike was played by Gerard Butler and he too gave a wonderful performance. He was very sexiest and talked about women in a very mean way but he added so much humour to it I was able to see the funny side and enjoy the performance. He was a slightly more complex character as we got to know nothing about him and why he was the way he was. I did enjoy the small addition of his sister and nephew as this managed to get him to show a more caring and loving side to his character. He was very funny and delivered all of his lines with ease and was also very easy on the eye.
We had a few good support role and the one which I liked was that of Abby's assistant, she did not have any main storylines in the film but when she was with Abby she managed to add a little humour and wit. She was played by Bree Turner. Other roles include appearances by Eric Winter, Nick Searcy and Noah Matthews.
The film was set in the present day so no real effort was needed with the costumes or the sets. The sets were good and all looked modern and so to were the clothes. There were a few special effects in the film and they were good but the ones used at the end of the film were a little weak and I could clearly see that the backdrop had been added. The music was also good and very modern but I did have the problem with the volume of it as the speaking parts of the film were so much quieter than the music so when the tracks came on they blasted out of the speakers.
There is a lot of humour in the film, the majority of it is spoken but we do have a few funny visual gags, Abby is the brunt of the visual gags and she plays them very well. There was a very good comic timing between the two lead role which made it very easy and a joy to watch.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 96 minutes and I did find this was a good length with the story moving at a steady pace from start to finish. The rate is a 15 and this is very appropriate as there is a lot of swearing and some sex references.
I a happy to give this film the full 5 stars as I loved it. The acting and storyline was excellent and it was packed full of laughs. The bonus was Gerard Butler as he was a joy to watch and very easy on the eye. One for all fans of a good romcom.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Abby is a TV producer and is obsessed with her work. Late one evening she catches a show entitled The Ugly Truth. The man presenting is vile and she doesnt like what he is saying. She phones into the show and has a showdown with the man who tells her she must be ugly.
The next day she comes face to face with the man himself, Mike. The pair end up working together and initially they bicker constantly. However, Mike vows to help Abby get the man she wants - Colin.
Mikes opinions and beliefs help Abby become more aware of men and also help her to understand how they think and feel, Mike and Abby become good friends but will she ever get her man?
The film was funny from the beginning and I found myself laughing throughout. The majority of the humour is to do with sex so if you do not like this kind of humour then maybe this film is not for you.
Although Abby is portrayed as a workoholic I found it easy to understand her and although me and her were not at all similar I found myself backing her throughout the film and wanting the best for her.
Mike was my favourite character. The things he did were so funny and he had me in stitches throughout the film. He was very loveable despite being quite crude and rude on a number of occasions.
The plot flowed well and I enjoyed watching the film. There was always something to focus on and I liked waiting to see if Abby would finally get Colin. The film is just the right length and I didnt find myself bored at all in the film. However, the ending is predictable which may be a disappointment for some. Nevertheless the ending was done really well and I thought everything was wrapped up really well.
The film is a comedy and this helped make the film what it was. The comedy will not be to everyones taste but I found it rather amusing! The film is rated a 15 which I think is correct.
The film was released in 2009.
It stars Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler.
It is rated a 15 and lasts 96 minutes.
You can easily pick up the film for about £5.
Funny film, worth a watch.
The ugly truth tells the story of a workaholic t.v producer (heigl) who puts her work before her lovelife. She has a list of what her ideas of her perfect man are and wont settle for anything less. Then one night after yet another failed date she comes home and her cat steps on her remote and turns the T.V over to butlers show called the ugly truth where he gives his opinions on how and why women think the way they do. Enraged by butlers somewot sexist reamarks she rings into the show and trys to take butler off his high horse of course she fails and hangs up the phone. When she arrives at work the next morning to her horror she finds out her boss has hired butler in a desperate attempt to boost raitings. So on goes the story of the two clashing a number of times untill butler comes up with an idea that he gets her a dtae with her perfect man and if he fails he wil quit the show. This is where the film really picks up with some entertaining moments i wont spoil the ending even though all rom-coms end the same! A good if not great film
The ugly truth
I have a rental account and each month I try to watch a couple of new films. It's cheaper and more relaxing than going to the cinema, and makes a great night in with a few snacks and some popcorn. This month I rented the ugly truth and I kind of wish I hadn't. Don't get me wrong, this is not the worst film I have seen and I did watch it to the end, but it was just soooo unoriginal!
The story is that Abby (Heigl) is a producer for a news programme. She is single and looking for love, not just a relationship, but the whole fairytale ending. She goes on lot's of dates, kisses lot's of frogs, but never seems to fine her prince charming. Some of this is to do with the fact that she is a control freak, some of it is to do with the men she dates.
One evening after another bad date she is watching TV when her cat steps on the remote and changes the channel. At the time there is a programme on called the ugly truth. It features Mike (Butler) as the host explaining what men are really like to women. Abby is enraged by the speech she has just heard about men and women. She phones in and a heated argument breaks out.
The next day at work, her boss shows her a clip of the show she was watching on the previous night and tells her that he is going to be a regular on their show to liven it up a bit and improve ratings. He becomes a regular and from when they first see him on air, the public love him.
Meanwhile Abby Meets a nice guy, whilst trying to rescue her cat from a tree. She goes about trying to date him in her usual, unsuccessful way. Then Mike intervenes when he overhears their conversation one day whilst in her office. He coaches Abby on how to get this other guy (Colin) and keep him interested in her.
It all goes really well, until Mike starts to realise he is interested in Abby himself.
When he is invited for a job with another company Abby must stop him from leaving. She follows him out of town on his business trip and stays with him in a big to try to keep with her station.
The two are getting along very well and end up kissing in the lift of their hotel on their home that night. They leave each other and it stops there.
What Abby doesn't know is that Colin is waiting for her in her hotel room and she gets a big surprise. Meanwhile Mike finds he really likes her and heads back to her hotel room to tell her that. When he gets there and sees Colin he doesn't bother and leaves them to it.
It's a very unoriginal ending where after a few hurdles the pair realise they have fallen for each other and end up together.
There were a few laughs through the film, but mostly it is just crass, suggestive jokes, that aren't really very funny. This film could have been a lot better if there were more comedy and a bit less smut. If this was the first rom com I had ever seen, I may have enjoyed it a bit more, sadly a lot of rom coms in the past have done a much better job!
Overall I would say it's worth about a 2 out of 5 rating. I didn't feel the two leads had much chemistry together and thought that Abby could have been better cast. Glad I rented and didn't buy this one!
There's something about Hollywood films that suggests that it can only be funny if it is loaded with sexual innuendo and crass references. The Ugly Truth takes a load of him vs her nonsense and actually makes it a hoot to watch. Rom com queen of the moment Katherine Heigl finally hangs up her Izzy persona to take on the role of an uptight tv producer who is taught a few lessons about men from a crude tv presenter who hosts a show called, funnily enough, "The Ugly Truth".
Abby's morning tv show is on floundering due to poor ratings, not helped by the fact that her married presenters are also floundering in their marriage. Mike Chadway is brought in to rescue the show, after his own night time show becomes a runaway hit. His presentations and interaction with the public is a sure winner, but what really gets Abby's attention is the way that he guides her when she falls for the dishy doctor next door.
However, as is always the case with these types of films, not all is as it seems. It turns out that Mike might not be the male chauvanist that he first appears, and Abby isn't as uptight and rigid as she first appears. Together, they learn things about the opposite sex, whilst she tries to save her show by hanging on to him in a professional capacity. That looks less and less likely though when a bigger network offers him a bigger pay for a bigger timeslot.
In the opening minutes of this film, I thought it was more of the same for Heigl, but found myself pleasantly surprised. The film is incredibly funny, with the most humorous moments taking place at a baseball game and at a professional dinner with the network. Most of the jokes are of a sexual nature, so they might not appeal to the more prudish type. I found them absolutely hysterical though, and actually quite original. Maybe I just haven't seen enough films of this ilk.
Katherine Heigl is enjoyable, as she mostly is. However, she doesn't seem to deviate much from this type of performance, so I'm not quite sure what she's capable of. Gerard Butler is the real revelation, once again, proving how great he is at an American accent, and playing a lovable pig who is loaded up with shoot down put downs. I loved the moment when he comes face to face with a tv presenter with a scottish accent, and looks slighly confused.
This film is directed by Robert Luketic, who has proven to be a bit hit and miss in his career. Back at the turn of the decade, he turned in the gold with the excellent Legally Blonde. However, since then, the only moderately funny Win A Date With Tad Hamilton and terrible Monster-In-Law have shown that without a decent cast or the right material, a director doesn't always come up with the goods. The Ugly Truth might be his best work yet.
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Released in July 2009, on Columbia Pictures, this film comes in at approximately 95 minutes, and is now available on DVD. The Special features on the DVD are Select Scenes Filmmaker Commentary, The Truth Is Ugly: Capturing the Male & Female Point of View, The Art of Laughter: A Making of Hilarious Proportions, Deleted and Extended Scenes and Alternative Endings.
The ugly truth is a 2009 'chick flick' starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl. I wasn't too excited about watching this movie as I thought it was a knock-off of 'The break up' but I could not of been more wrong.
Abby (Katherine Heigl) is a controlling singleton who runs a morning tv show. She struggles to find love because she's very stiff and controlling, she gets set up on a date with a guy and it turns out into a disaster. She comes home, switches on the tv to find a tv show called 'The Ugly Truth' hosted by Mike (Gerard Butler) disgusted at what the show is about she rings in and gets into a heated argument with Mike. The next day she finds out Mike is getting a slot on their tv to boost ratings, she's horrified. They soon make friends and on Mikes advice she is changing her personality to get a date with her next door neighbour.
I enjoyed this movie because it is a more realistic approach to what 'love' is all about. The tv show the ugly truth is a show about how love isn't a fairytale, nobody is perfect and there is no such thing as a perfect relationship. We are hypnotised by Disney movies and believe in a prince charming so this romantic film was a refreshing change from what I'm used to.
I laughed at the start when Abby was on a date and she got out her notebook and started bombarding the poor guy with questions, letting him know she's done a background check, he couldn't get away quick enough. But it is still hard to believe a gorgeous blonde like Katherine Heigl struggles to find a date, I think a more suitable role would be someone average looking.
There were a few cringeworthy scenes when Mike, Colin (Next door neighbour) Abby and the tv crew were at a dinner meeting and Abby had on some vibrating knickers and a young boy got hold of the remote and started controlling it.
Gerard Butler played the tv host great as expected. He is such a great actor and can nail any character he likes whether it's an action movie, comedy or romance. We see him at the start as a chauvinistic pig but slowly see changes in his show as he starts falling for Abby. Katherine Heigl is a regular in chick flicks now and in my opinion she is turning into the new Jennifer Aniston, she's came along way since her Greys Anatomy days. She got her performance as control freak, uptight Abby spot on.
I did enjoy this movie though, I didn't see any obvious chemistry between Mike and Abby, when they kissed it seemed a bit false, but I didn't find it too much of a problem. If you love chick flicks or Gerard Butler this is a great film to see and I did enjoy it. There's a lot of crude humour and a few sex scenes so it's not suitable for anyone under the age of 15.
Ok so another chick flick.. but i am unashamedly fond of the genre so it's natural that i would enjoy this film.
Gerard Butler is such a versatile actor - from musical theatre to action and also previous romantic comedies, i knew i would'nt be disappointed by his performance.
He plays an American chauvanist named Mike Chadway. He presents a local chat show entitled 'The Ugly Truth' in which he tells it exactly as he is - and he is completely unreserved in explaining what his perceices to be what men "really want".
Opposite Butler we have Katherine Heigl (27 Dresses), a controlling neurotic singleton who is on the lookout for love.
Without ruining the plot for anybody I won't go into any of the final details of the storyline, but i will say that i was pleasantly surprises by Butler's comedy timing and also the chemistry between the two lead actors.
Some of Chadway's remarks are very tongue in cheek and i'm sure that some of the things he says are a MASSIVE generalisation about men (ahem) but overall it is an amusing light-hearted film which doesn't require too much concentration to enjoy.
One for renting for a quiet night in, bloked will find the occasional "home truth" something to chuckle at i'm sure.