The Ugly Truth
August 3, 2009
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I went into this movie knowing that is was going to be formulaic, what I didn’t expect is how well it executed said formula. Gerard Butler continues his cultivation of the man’s man image while Katherine Heigl does so much more than exist (like ended up happening in Knocked Up. But that’s not her fault, nor the point).
It all starts with a failing news show on the verge of cancellation. The network ends up hiring a crass and chauvinistic night talk show host. What ensues is a battle for the upper hand between the producer (Heigl) and Butler. He picks up on her trouble with the opposite sex and offers to assist her in landing her dream guy. With her meticulous list of criteria and topic lists for dates, he has his work cut out for him. So despite her hatred of him, she allows him to help.
Now the rest of the movie unfolds as most in this genre do, albeit with a lot more crude humor that shocks at first and then adds to the film with laughs. Instead of implying a notion about sex, the characters end up with creative and quite clear descriptions of their thoughts.
I expected it to only be a three out of five, but what ended up was a movie living outside of the rules its genre and relishing it. If the trailer appealed to you, than this movie is for you. And if you’re curious, give it a go. So, I give it a 3 ½ stars out of 5.