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The Ugly Truth (DVD)
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The Ugly Truth (DVD)
Date: 02/07/12, updated on 13/05/13 (67 review reads)
Advantages: Good looking cast
Disadvantages: Poor chemistry between leads, struggled to find any of it funny
The Ugly Truth is a 2009 released romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl.
Abby Richter works in TV and is quite set in her ways, generally seen as a control freak. She meets Mike Chadway, who has his own TV show called "The Ugly Truth". When she hears him slating relationships on his show she calls in to argue with him on air so is none too pleased when her station owner hires Mike to improve the ratings on her show. Abby and Mike clash incessantly until she meets the man she believes to be her ideal man, her neighbour Colin who's a very good looking doctor. Mike tells Abby that he can get Colin to fall for her. If he can pull this off she has to accept his working with her on the show and if not, he agrees to leave the show of his own accord.
Can Mike get Colin and Abby together? What about the spark between Mike and Abby themselves?
I found myself "accidentally" tuning into this film when it appeared on TV the other evening. I had only just seen Gerard Butler who plays the male chauvinist TV correspondent Mike in Law Abiding Citizen and found his character completely different in this film. The Ugly Truth is a comedy romance (a typical chick flick you might say) and considering he played a rather menacing role in Law Abiding Citizen (the only other film I've seen him in) this was a huge jump in character for me to see him as Mike. I did feel he pulled off the role rather well as he is rather macho looking which made him more credible.
I don't recall seeing Katherine Heigl before this film and can't say she left a lasting impression, I'm struggling to remember what she looks like now aside from the fact that she's blonde and reminded me of a young Kim Wilde (anyone remember her?). Her acting didn't leave a lasting impression either and her screen chemistry with Butler wasn't even credible in the slightest. As the female lead there was really nothing endearing about her and it was also hard to believe someone as pretty as her would have trouble getting dates. This lack of credibility of the female lead made it hard for me to buy into the film or the main characters.
Eric Winter plays Colin, the neighbour/doctor that Abby wants to have a relationship with. He's very good looking that's true, but he wasn't credible as a doctor by any means. His looks as a love interest were definitely more suited to Heigl than Butler's but hey I wasn't the casting director.
I found the storyline somewhat predictable and not very funny. There's a cringe-worthy scene where Heigl is sent a pair of vibrating panties by Butler to wear out on a date but she ends up going to a business dinner. I'm sure the scene was meant to be funny but it was just annoying. Anyone with a modicum of common sense would have excused themselves; gone to the bathroom and removed the offending underwear to save the embarrassment of what you can imagine happens during the meal! If they were trying to even slightly emulate the scene from "When Harry Met Sally" from decades ago, they failed on every possible level.
Considering the director Robert Luketic also directed the successful Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon as well as Monster in Law some time ago one wonders how he could have gone this wrong with this film. I struggled to find any meaning for the film overall and at the (highly predictable) end I was left feeling cheated of my time!
Overall the film has very little to redeem itself. A good looking cast is not enough to make a decent rom com, there needs to be chemistry between the love interests, there needs to be a decent and credible storyline too. A couple of feisty characters arguing showing their male machismo and uptight femininity don't really make for a not to be missed film. I found myself struggling to stay tuned till the end. I can't even give credit to the music score or the cinematography -neither left any impression on me.
I'll be generous and rate the Ugly Truth with 2 out of 5 stars but unfortunately don't find myself wanting to recommend it to anyone as a decent watch. There are a few scenes worth watching but overall if chick flicks are your thing, there are far more worthy choices out there before bothering with this one.
Director: Robert Luketic
Producer(s): Katherine Heigl, Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, Tom Roserberg, Gary Lucchesi
Screenplay: Nicole Eastman, Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith
Starring: Gerard Butler, Katherine Heigl, Eric Winter, Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins
Co starring: Bonnie Somerville, Bree Turner, Yvette Nicole Brown
Release date: 2009
Duration: 95 minutes
Summary: Not one of the best chick flicks of recent years...