Excerpt: It's been a couple of years now since the last he said-she said romantic comedy that someone could feel justified doing another one and feel like its somewhat original. Which is how we get "The Ugly Truth," where the classic stereotype of the neurotic, uptight, overly analytical control freak Abby (Katherine Heigl) butts heads with crass, id-driven, tell it like it is male chauvinist Mike (Gerard Butler).
Excerpt: While the gays have been twisting and rending the rainbow flag, fretting over whether Brüno is pro- or anti-homo, heterosexuals should be showing similar concern about romantic comedies, which have become their own brand of minstrel shows caricaturizing XX-XY mating rituals and behavior. Breeder ladies and gentlemen, ask yourselves: Is The Ugly Truth good for the straights?
Excerpt: Abby Richter is a romantically challenged morning show producer whose search for Mr. Perfect has left her hopelessly single. She's in for a rude awakening when her bosses team her with Mike Chadway, a hardcore TV personality who promises to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick.
Conclusion: 'The Ugly Truth' isn't a pretty experience. It becomes so bogged down in its own gross-out humor that it forgets about the heart that should be there as well. It suffers from predictability and tired jokes that have been done before. The audio and video presentations, however, are fantastic for a rom-com. This may entice some Blu-ray buyers. Even with the fairly stellar presentation of the film in high definition I still cannot recommend a purchase. Give it a rent.
Excerpt: The Film When a Sacramento morning show producer starts taking romance advice from her nemesis, a cable access show personality who was just hired to spice up the show, it's no surprise how the movie ends. Every dating myth turns out to be just what Abby's (Katherine Heigl) perfect man desires in an all too predictable way.
Pros: Actors: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler., Director: Robert Luketic., Audio Languages: English, French, Portugese 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Engilish-Audio Description Track., Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portugese., Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Number of Discs: 1, Rating: R, Studio: Columbia Pictures, Release Date: November 10, 2009, Film release: 2009, Run Time: 96 Minutes, List Price: $39.95, Extras: Six deleted scenes Two alternate endin...
Excerpt: There is at least one small glimmer of hope for The Ugly Truth in the beginning: it will avoid becoming of “those” romantic comedies. Gerard Butler’s character Mike Chadway is ridiculously crude, planting the film into one of those fantastical romantic comedy universes where network TV would allow his type of shocking dialogue. The idea of the film is about being blunt in regards relationships from both the female and male perspectives.
Summary: You have to be two people: the saint and the sinner . What an appropriate title -- with an emphasis on the "ugly" -- for one of the lesser Romantic Comedies of the decade. The Ugly Truth waddles through genre clichés but does so not with spunk, spirit, or even a good old-fashioned sense of fun, but with generic, unlikable characters; a boring and predictable story; and not even a hint of charm.
Excerpt: To some extent we pay good money to not be surprised in a romantic comedy. Writers can come up with new ways to meet cute all they like, but the goods of the romantic comedy remain the same-- the bickering, the furtive glances, the moment of revelation, the final clinch. And The Ugly Truth works in every single one of those staples, plus a few set pieces nicked from older classics-- yes, it's apparently still OK to rip off When Harry Met Sally But The Ugly Truth forgets...
Excerpt: Women are from Heart, men are from Penis in The Ugly Truth , one of those romantic comedies that vows to cut through all the usual relationship bullshit while serving it up in heaping spoonfuls. Though tarted up with the R-rated vulgarity of a genre that’s usually PG-13, the film grafts setpieces from popular favorites like When Harry Met Sally… (the orgasm scene) and Roxanne (the balcony scene) onto an opposites-attract scenario about an uptight control freak looking...