Sunday, July 26, 2009

Review: The Ugly Truth

Grade: A-

The Ugly Truth is a new romantic comedy about a romantically challenged television morning show producer, Abby, who is currently having troubles with her program and needs to find a way to get more people to watch the show. One day her boss hires a very crass and chauvinistic man, Mike, to do a new segment called "The Ugly Truth" where he very bluntly talks about dating, what men like and how to get into a relationship. Abby then meets a doctor who is seemingly the perfect man for her but doesn't want to scare him off, Mike makes a bet with her that if she does everything he tells her to he will quit if she doesn't get into a relationship with the guy. Mike then proceeds to teach her what "all men like" with some pretty hilarious results.

I was pretty wary about seeing this movie, most romantic comedies are just the same joke told in a slightly different way. This one breaks the mold a little bit by being a little more adult. The Ugly Truth is rated R which allows for more adult humor and language. This really helped the movie in my opinion. If they had tried to take this movies concept and make it into a PG-13 movie, it would have truly sucked. The humor is great, I was laughing through the whole movie, from the initial showing of Mike's show "The Ugly Truth" where he's telling women that if they want to be in a relationship they need to get on a stair master to a hilarious scene with Abby, her new boyfriend and Mike are having dinner with some network executives while Abby is wearing a certain kind of underwear that has a remote. This movie really took me by surprise and was genuinely funny and brilliant.

Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy, Knocked Up) plays Abby, a neurotic and somewhat desperate for love TV producer. I normally don't care much for Heigl but I felt she did a great job in this movie and really made me laugh. Gerard Butler (300, RockNrolla) plays Mike, a chauvinistic and bluntly honest TV correspondent who discusses how to land a boy friend in his segment. I've always liked Butler and he does not let me down in this movie, he was hilarious and he did a great job portraying this character, I really could not stop laughing at the things he did or said. The only thing I didn't like about his performance was that they made him force an American accent, but I pretty much hate it when any actor has to do that. The rest of the cast is rather impressive and includes Eric Winter, Bree Turner, Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins and even includes brief appearances by Vicki Lewis and Craig Ferguson.

The Ugly Truth is a very funny and at times brutally honest movie that I think most people would enjoy. Yes, some women would probably be offended by some of the things said and done in this movie, but I still think you'll enjoy it once you see the whole thing. This movie is by far the best romantic comedy of the year so far.

Great quote: "We like women for their tits and ass and stay with them for what they are willing to do with them"

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