Movie Review: “The Ugly Truth” is not just for women

ugly_truth_ver2From the trailers for this film, I simply thought, ‘Chick Flick’ and predictable. I figured I would enjoy it, but be a few steps ahead the whole time. I was shockingly surprised at the direction this film took. The Ugly Truth is a romantic comedy of sorts starring Gerard Butler as Mike and Kathrine Heigl as Abby. She is a bit of an anal retentive producer on a boring morning T.V. show where ratings are going downhill and she is looking for love with unrealistic expectations, and he hosts his own late night public access  ‘tell it like is’ love advice show called The Ugly Truth. One night she comes across his show, by her cat stepping on the remote and she calls in to gripe and prove him wrong, only to have him lash back and call her ugly and hang up. Next day, her boss has hired him for the show to boost ratings.

the-ugly-truth-20081210040155497_640wIt’s obvious from the first time he lays eyes on her, he likes her, but she despises everything about him and is currently on the hunt for ‘Mr. Perfect’ and he is simply getting in her way. I really liked the chemistry between Butler and Heigl. She is always cute and perfect in everything she does, but this character brought her out of her shell a bit more with cursing and some very “entertaining” underwear. Butler was handsome and rough as always but the lines he through out at times were simply shocking for this genre of movie. He was also really great with the expressions on his face producing laughter or evoking feelings from the audience. The first half of the film produced so much laughter in my full theater, that I hardly even heard the movie. So, I can absolutely state that I was not the only one that enjoyed this film, even husbands, dragged by their wives seemed to enjoy it and get a few laughs out of it.

THE UGLY TRUTHThere’s not much to note on the side characters. They provided some laughs but were not really part of the story. My favorite side characters were played by Cheryl Hines playing Georgia, a news anchor with the big hair and ego to go with it and John Michael Higgins, playing her whipped husband and co-anchor Larry. They seemed to argue every time they were together until Mike used them as an experiment on is new spot on Abby’s show and now they seem completely in love again. I know it’s unrealistic, but it was enjoyable none the less.

I would recommend this film to anyone, except small children of course, it is rated R and with good reason. 2009_the_ugly_truth_005-copyFor just an example of what you will get here: When Mike got the job, he was trying to thank Abby, thinking he got her the job, after she revealed that she was his caller last night, and she states that she wasn’t watching his show, that her cat accidentally changed the channel. With that, Mike replied, “Well thank your pussy for me then.” There is also a conversation that I think takes the new record in how many times they can say “male rooster” in one sitting, if you know what I mean. There is also a pretty funny bit of talk about masturbation. Overall, this movie was hilarious, it had some flaws, but with a movie like this, you really don’t expect much and you use it as a chance to shut out the real world for an hour and a half. I think it will do well this summer.

I give it 3 “beans to flick” out of 5.

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by Angela Davis

About Angela

Angela is the Editor-in-Chief of Lost in Reviews. She and Ryan created Lost in Reviews together in 2009 out of a mutual hatred for all the stodgy old farts currently writing film reviews. Since launching the site, Angela has enjoyed reviewing indie films over all other films, picking up new music from all corners of the world and photographing live shows. She is the co-host of Blu Monday and a member of the Kansas City Film Critic Circle.



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