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The Ugly Truth
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Reviewed on 2009-07-24
Received[3]  out of 4 stars
GenreComedy / Romance
Two Reviews below, first by Keith Cohen and then by Jolene Mendez.

This romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl (“Knocked Up,” “27 Dresses”) and Gerard Butler (“P.S. I Love You,” “300”) is guaranteed to spice things up in solid and stale relationships. Nothing about the birds and the bees is off limits.

Abby Richter (Heigl) is an award-winning producer of a television morning show in Sacramento, Calif. Mike Chadway (Butler) has become a lightning rod for viewers with a local public access show that tells it like it is so far as what men and women want out of a relationship.

Abby is forced to work with this rugged macho misogynist when he is hired as a guest commentator for a daily segment called “The Ugly Truth.” Abby’s personal life is going nowhere fast because she is too much of a control freak. Her blind date with Jim (Kevin Connolly from “Entourage”) comes across like an interview for a sperm donor with a checklist and no room for spontaneity.

When Abby nearly falls out of a tree rescuing her cat, she meets her hunky next door neighbor Colin (Eric Winter from “Days of Our Lives,” “Brothers & Sisters”). Colin happens to be an orthopedic surgeon who meets Abby’s criteria for Mr. Wonderful that includes being smart, handsome and successful.

Mike brags about his knowledge of lust, seduction and manipulation in regards to the dating game. He makes a bet with Abby that he can get Colin to fall madly in love with her if she follows his step-by-step advice. This movie is very funny with several moments of sheer hilarity. Director Robert Luketic (“Legally Blonde,” “Monster-in-Law”) and the writing team of Nicole Eastman, Karen M. Lutz and Kirsten Smith (“The House Bunny,” “Ella Enchanted”) put a different comedic spin on the familiar romantic triangle formula.

The tawdry script pushes the limits of good taste, but manages to hit all the right spots and tickle the funny bone. No subject in the sexual lexicon is omitted with a slew of witty double entendres. Everyone will be talking about this movie which should become as popular as “Hitch.”

Heigl is a blonde bombshell who combines come-hither looks with splendid comic timing. Butler has a rough exterior, but his character gets under your skin in a good way. The easy rapport and chemistry between the two leads creates a sexually motivated tug-of-war. Men and women in the audience will be taking sides and have a genuine rooting interest in the outcome.

Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and John Michael Higgins (“Yes Man,” “Best in Show”) are wonderful in supporting roles as a constantly bickering, sexually frustrated, husband-and-wife news anchor team. Bree Turner makes her mark as Joy, Abby’s loyal assistant, who lives vicariously through her boss.

A fantastic soundtrack from composer Aaron Zigman (“Sex and the City: The Movie,” “The Notebook”) adds icing to this delicious celluloid cake. This must-see date movie provides valuable insights into the mysteries of what makes men and women tick.

Review By:
Keith Cohen "The Movie Guy"


Review Below By:
Jolene Mendez of

2.5 out of 4 Stars

Let us focus on relationships, dating, love, sex, and lust. Who has the answers on what really makes the male and female tick? Let the battle begin as the heat is turned up in Columbia Pictures' comedy “The Ugly Truth”. Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a romantically challenged morning show producer who is searching for Mr. Perfect. Abby’s idea of a perfect man being someone who can pass her checklist and deal with her controlling ways. 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 men want and what women don’t want to hear.

The duo is immediately at odds until it comes to Abby's new love interest. Dreamy for her neighbor, Colin (Eric Winter), Abby tries to control the situation pushing the dreamy doctor away. When Chadway gives Abby pointers on how to peak her prey's interest, Abby follows suit quickly learning these ploys of disinterest and sex appeal work. After landing a date with Colin she begins to see Chadway in a new light. Opening her up to the idea that the ugly truth may not be so bad. But is the truth worth changing who you are for someone else?

"The Ugly Truth" is a raunchy romantic comedy. This film can be enjoyed by all the men out there, a majority of them relating to "The Ugly Truth". I found myself laughing throughout the film, from Chadway’s comical lessons to co-anchor spouses to Abby’s vibrating undergarments. Gerard Butler offered a new comedic side that paralleled well to Katherine Heigl’s uptight performance. With so many vulgar expressions the film should be targeted to the adults out there who can relate and enjoy this devilish treat. Daring and dirty...making it so delicious.

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