The Ugly Truth (2009)

The ugly truth about this movie is that it isn’t half bad. Staring Gerard Bulter of 300 fame and Katherine Heigl of Grey’s Anatomy fame, the Ugly Truth looks to uncover the ‘truth’ behind relationships. Marketed as a ‘typical’ romantic comedy, this movie doesn’t disappoint in that regard. The storyline is typical of the genre – boy meets girl, girl meet boy, girl hates boy, boy falls for girl, girl starts to wonder if she likes boy, opportunity presents itself and so on and so forth.

Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a TV producer, and a good one at that. Her job demands detail, organization and control – three skills she has perfected both at work and at home. The catch? She’s a hopeless romantic whose quest for Mr. Right has left her unquestionably single and awkward. Enter Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler). A strong TV personality who ‘tells it like it is’ when it comes to men and women and who joins Abby’s morning show as a guest commentator, much to her dislike. Of course, as is always the case, girl hates boy, boy likes to push girls buttons, and both slowly fall in love with each other without even knowing it. So typical. So boring. So predictable.

Unfortunately, so was the acting. This was neither Heigl or Butler’s best work to date and while the on-screen chemisty was believable, it wasn’t enough to save this film from falling into the tired and true pattern of mindless acting that all romantic comedy’s seem to garner from their actors.

So you are probably asking yourself – where is the saving grace? That comes in the form of the dialouge. It’s crude and so is the humor – well deserving of it’s 14A rating. No situation is off limits and no choice of word is off limits. Everything from two women in a tub full of cherry jell-o to vibrating underwear set on high at a corporate dinner is fair game, and this, is refreshing and makes up in part for the poor storyline and acting. What was also refreshing was the fact that I heard men laugh while watching this movie.

Yes, you heard me correctly – men were laughing, out loud, at a chick flick – and this my friends, is no small feat for a film in the romantic comedy genre.

So while the storyline was weak, the acting sub-par, and the ending typical, this film has strong dialouge and attempts to push the envelope of what a romantic comedy can be, which is something movies of this genre need more of it they don’t want to drown in an over saturated market.

If it’s raining outside and you’re bored, watch this film. Otherwise, save yourself $12.50 and rent it for $5.99 instead.

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