The Ugly Truth
The Ugly Truth – Movie Review
A romantically challenged morning show producer (Heigl) is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent (Butler) to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result.
“The Ugly Truth” stars Catherine Heigl and Gerard Butler and is a romantic comedy that’s probably the crudest I’ve ever seen. It uses a lot of four letter words and a lot of crude expletives, which I guess is the way that the movies are going, that crude is better. The problem about this is it’s absolutely predictable, and there’s an additional problem that as a woman I find it somewhat offensive that if any woman is competent, then she’s neurotic and so they only need to have sex, and is incapable of attracting a man on her own, which I find more than a little objectionable, but that’s the plot of this movie. Catherine plays a high powered TV producer who is forced to deal with a fake advice giver who tells her the ugly truth about relationships between men and women, and he instantly scopes out that the high powered producer is without a man and therefore he will take her under his wing, I’m not sure what part of his body he takes her under, to explain to her how to catch a man and of course it’s wildly effective, but then they realize that they are meant for each other, yawn. Gerard Butler is really terrific, he’s from “300” and is very charismatic: he’s kind of a new Cary Grant, not quite as good looking, but he has that same sense of being wildly heterosexual and comfortable in his own body. Catherine Heigl isn’t any better than she has to be in this movie, complete with hair extensions. The problem is its predictability, its crudeness and its crude assumptions about women. Two stars.