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The Ugly Truth

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
Katherine Heigl has been the best thing in many an American rom-com; the frequently miscast Gerard Butler is often the worst. So the pair cancel each other out in this battle-of-the-sexes romp. Heigl is Abby, a single, uptight TV producer keen to boost her daytime show’s ratings. What she didn’t have in mind was a sexist relationship guru – but that’s who her boss hires. In swaggers Mike (Butler), a TV host well-versed in macho banter – think Tom Cruise in ‘Magnolia’, only less funny.

Initially, Abby’s nose is put out of joint, but she turns the situation to her advantage when Mike offers to help her seduce Colin (Eric Winter), the surgeon next door who happens to look like an underwear model. Echoing ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’, Mike watches Abby and Colin on dates, advising her through an earpiece. His advice can be summed up as: wear short skirts, laugh at his jokes, fellate hot dogs. Abby protests, but the fact that Mike is proved right makes this insulting to both sexes.

There are laughs: Heigl can pratfall with the best of them and the hosts of her show – a secretly unhappy couple played by Cheryl Hines and John Michael Higgins – bring dark humour to the table. Despite Butler’s dodgy accent and unappealing character, there is brief chemistry between him and Heigl. But blank-faced Colin doesn’t represent enough competition to make this a credible love triangle, so we’re left with a few giggles and the option to be offended by the gender stereotypes – if we can be bothered.
Written by Anna Smith

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 7 August 2009
  • Duration:96 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Robert Luketic
  • Screenwriter:Nicole Eastman, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
  • Cast:
    • Cheryl Hines
    • Eric Winter
    • Gerard Butler
    • Katherine Heigl
    • John Michael Higgins
    • Jesse D. Goins
    • Bree Turner
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