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½ June 18, 2018
What a waste of film and time. I'll never get that 1 hour and 36 minutes back.
June 12, 2018
Cute rom com. Worth a one time watch.
March 9, 2018
Not sure why it got slammed by the critics, but then again who cares. Yes it might not win any oscars, but it's still watchable and an average rom com. Good chemistry between the two and some ok performances by elsewhere.
½ February 10, 2018
Not even Butler and Heigl can take the ugly out of The Ugly Truth.
February 10, 2018
Perfect casting. Love it. I love it more each time I watch it.
½ December 10, 2017
Not really into romance movies, but this one seems better than most. One of the greatest endings, IMO, also. I do however think this movie isn't very realistic, since a girl like that would never act so naive or be so naive compared to, or in front of, a guy like that.
November 21, 2017
Hopefully Heigl wil take off her top.
July 1, 2017
I liked the leads in this romantic comedy. Unfortunately, the genre has become so stale and predictable that you can't truly enjoy it anymore. When you know what is going to happen, even down to some of the dialogue, it takes its toll on entertainment value. Getting a passing grade only because Bree Turner was perfect as Heigl's assistant.
June 24, 2017
An enjoyable movie to watch :)
June 23, 2017
Funny, yet quite realistic.
March 5, 2017
This was honestly the funniest movie I have every watched. The plot makes sense and flows well and it is hilarious!
February 26, 2017
It is such a amazing romcom and one should not miss such movie. I'm surprised to see rating of another viewers but it's there right.
½ November 1, 2016
Most of the parts were cheesy but overall it's a lighthearted movie
September 14, 2016
This movie IS a romantic comedy. So of course it "relies on romantic comedy formula." As far as romcom's go, this is a really good one. It's funny, cute and heart warming, just as we expect romcom's to be. Gerard Butler is irresistibland Katherine Heigl is as cute as ever. I am not always in the mood for this genre but when I am, this is exactly the kind of movie I'm looking for.
½ August 23, 2016
The ugly truth is predictable from start to finish and relies on an oversimplified view of men and women. Females all wants wine and red roses, men all want a woman who gets on all fours. There is truth in that, of course, but to have it portrayed as this movie does, well, that doesn't really work. The scenes are lazy, there is a lack of built up and the jokes are lame. Furthermore, it is all done according to a heavily scripted formula and without even the smallest hint of depth. It's not all bad. The casting was actually done perfectly. I like the female actrice Heigl, a beautiful woman, someone who you can immediately picture being interested in guys with depth. I also like Butler, the guy perfectly cast to play the bad boy. All other casting was fine. Too bad they did not get a better script.
May 15, 2016
What happened to my co-star Katherine Heigl? Why would she choose this? There's about one laugh here, and it's in the first ten minutes. From there, you enter Tortureville. The insight, and it's actually good, into the differences between males/females is washed away with a predictable, lame, boring sitcom plot that drags & drags & drags.
April 21, 2016
Sometimes our favorites can be pretty not-great... The Ugly Truth is one of those for me. I acknowledge and recognize its faults, but consider it to be an enjoyable movie experience despite them. I recommend looking past the ratings on this one and you will either love it or hate it... But why not take the risk? ;)
April 20, 2016
fairly average chick-flick with very few funny moments. Quite predictable and cheesy. Assembly line stuff.
April 4, 2016
Fun, entertaining, and sexy, The Ugly Truth may not be the most original, but still has it's fair share of fun moments.
February 28, 2016
Far raunchier than average rom-com, "The Ugly Truth's" vulgar exploration into the ever raging battle-of-the-sexes is crude, obvious and utterly predictable but also completely true.

Delving into the language and interpretation barrier between men and women is a hot topic constantly explored but to no avail. Luckily, unlike the myriad of self help books focused on this very topic this movie offers no answers, just absolutely hilarious situations.

Control-freak Abby (Katherine Heigl) is an uber-efficient award winning producer of a Sacramento morning show whose ratings are at an all time low. In love, her overbearing and clingy persona has left her a frigid lonely heart, unable to find romance as her checklist of perfect mate qualities and over prepared typed conversation topics for a first date, simply drives men away screaming.

Chauvinistic Mike (Gerard Butler) is a cable-talk-show host who offers "reality check" relationship advice to women on late night TV. Mike offers crass, blunt and downright insulting advice to female callers making him a sudden sensation that drives a rating bonanza.

In an attempt to prevent the axe of Abby's slumping show, Stuart her boss (Nick Searcy) secretly hire's the trash talking Mike to present his own outrageous live and uncensored daily segment.

Revolted by his very existence and determined to expose him as a sham, Abby enlists the shows two married but feuding co-anchors Georgia (Cheryl Hines) and Larry (John Michael Higgins) to put the outspoken Mike in his place.

However, proving his theories of men and women's interactions is easy when Mike instantly sees through the couple's fake happy façade. As simply stated by Mike, Larry has been emasculated and unable to "get it up" since Georgia leapfrogged over his career hence leaving him angry and her sexually frustrated. Mike's solution: lots of rough sex.

Angry by not only his advice but the fact that he was right, Abby is determined to get rid of him. Under the guise of burying the professional hatchet (but hopeful to poke gapping holes in his indisputable confidence) Abby, still somewhat curious about the merit of his methods strikes a deal.

Smitten after a chance meeting with the "perfect guy" Dr. Colin (Eric Winter) her new neighbor the night before, Abby must use Mike's neanderthal methods of luring a man with long hair, tight jeans, playing naughty girl tricks and never passing judgment to make him fall in lover, however if it doesn't work Mike must quit.

Following his knuckle-dragging advice to the letter, Abby performs in a series of hilarious moments and situations. Sexualizing her wardrobe, playing kinky jokes with her food and putting her vibrating underwear on the line works like a charm, and Abby lands her man (and performs a delightful ditzy dance).

However, will misogynistic Mike's bravado and antics falter once he proves his relationship theories? And will he in turn be forced to face "The Ugly Truth" once Abby is happy?

Hollywood's mediocre movie execs have been desperately on the hunt for a replacement rom-com leading lady since the late 80's, hoping to find strong enough to fill the aging shoes of the dazzling smile and star quality of Julia Roberts (and the 90's Jennifer Aniston simply couldn't cut it). But have they found one in Katherine Heigl?

Trading a thigh-high plastic boot clad hooker, for a crisply-brittle and efficient television producer who's sexy naïveté leaves her donning a pair vibrating underwear during a business dinner yielding a five-minute orgasm (reminiscent of Meg Ryan's When Harry Meet Sally restaurant fake orgasm scene) is a good start.

Opposing Heigl is the mildly groomed but still gruff Gerard Butler. Squeezed between the blow-job jokes writers contrived to make Mike secretly cuddly with a soulful side introducing him as a role model to his 14 year old nephew. Butler conveys the romantic disappointment expected of this style of character nicely and injects extra bite and banter the lacking script.

The Verdict: In a nutshell; the mechanical rom-com formula of opposites attract awkwardly seesaws blandly between running gags of raunch and romance utilizing clichés and charisma through various workplace complications leading to self realizations and personal growth.

But as my work colleagues eloquently put "that is a far too intellectual look at an asinine rom-com just say it is funny first date film!" and I have to agree.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 31/07/2009
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