The Ugly Truth
Rated R; Directed by Robert Luketic; Starring Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner, Eric Winter, Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins
The Ugly Truth is another in a long line of predictable comedies. At least this one provides laughs, crude as they may be (the language and topics aren’t for the kids), and makes up for some of that predictability. It also doesn’t hurt to have Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler as its leads.
In the ongoing Battle of the Sexes, you have the control freak female, who has a hard time getting a date. She dreams of the perfect man and with a checklist of qualities. You also have the crude and lewd man, who thinks romance is bunk – it’s all about “lust, seduction, and manipulation.” How can these two ever get along, much less fall in love? It’s easy in the movies.
Heigl plays Abby, a TV news-show producer. Butler is, Mike, the brash new commentator foisted upon her. His The Ugly Truth segments let loose on the vagaries of sex and women’s expectations. In the first break from any kind of reality, Abby, though she hates Mike, takes his advice on how to attract her handsome neighbor.
The movie often goes for cheap jokes, but some of them are effective. The laughs can’t be sustained and the ending is weak. Most of the set up defies believability (vibrating panties at dinner?), but the two stars manage to show some charm. We’ll just ignore Butler’s attempt at an American accent.
Overall, the movie has its moments. Enough laughs do overcome the clichés. The Ugly Truth makes an okay date movie, with enough sex talk to make it enjoyable for the crude and lewd guys and gals who think like Mike.