Ugly Truth
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Ugly Truth

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Director: Robert Luketic

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner


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Katherine Heigl stars as a lovelorn television producer who's made to run a gauntlet of romantic exploits by a pig-headed morning-show host (played by Gerard Butler) as a way to prove whose romantic methods are more accurate. Legally Blonde's See more details below


Katherine Heigl stars as a lovelorn television producer who's made to run a gauntlet of romantic exploits by a pig-headed morning-show host (played by Gerard Butler) as a way to prove whose romantic methods are more accurate. Legally Blonde's Robert Luketic directs from a script by Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith, and Nicole Eastman.

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Trying to reinvent the romantic comedy is like trying to reinvent the wheel -- highly ambitious, but nearly impossible to execute. Such is the case with The Ugly Truth, the latest Katherine Heigl vehicle, which falls back on an all too familiar story: Type-A career woman meets crass, rough-around-the-edges man-child, they do the love-hate tango, and in the end realize they're perfect for each other. In The Ugly Truth, Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a control-freak producer of a morning show who approaches her love life -- or lack thereof -- much like a job interview, complete with background check. She longs for Mr. Perfect, a man who possesses all of the qualities on her infamous ten-point checklist, yet lacks the ability to mask her tightly wound personality long enough to hook him. Faced with dwindling ratings for her Sacramento-based show, Abby is stuck with ratings-booster Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), a chauvinistic public-access TV show host whose idea of romance involves two bikini-clad bimbos and a vat of Jell-O. Abby finds Mike's caveman antics abhorrent and Mike finds Abby's prudish demeanor pathetic. Eventually, Abby and Mike make a pact where he promises to help unleash her inner sex goddess and snag Colin (Eric Winter), the bachelor doctor next door, or quit the show if he's unsuccessful. What happens next is the obligatory makeover sequence, complete with shopping spree and hair extensions, followed by a ballgame date at which Mike, like Cyrano, instructs Abby on what to do and say to Colin, with a myriad of comedic results. Later, a late-night romp at a salsa club and an elevator smooch-fest lead Mike and Abby to fall for each other, but who will Abby choose? The film explores the truth of who comes out on top in a battle-of-the-sexes scenario, but by the end it's clear that the real truth lies somewhere in the middle. Though writers Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith of Legally Blonde fame (along with newcomer Nicole Eastman) inject enough raunchy humor into The Ugly Truth to keep it from tilting too far into snooze-worthy territory, they fail to give the romantic duo depth. Even the supporting cast members, who are entirely underused, seem like caricatures. Still, there are moments in the film that make it entertaining; one, in particular, involves Abby wearing vibrating undies to a corporate dinner party, with the outcome being something reminiscent of When Harry Met Sally, but not as iconic. These moments are few and far between, though, and the rest is easily forgettable. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, people who want to see this movie aren't looking for something original. There's a certain familiarity that makes the romantic comedy a perennial favorite among audiences. We buy into the fantasy. The audience knows when to laugh, when to cry, when to swoon, and when to cheer, and by the end they're comforted by the unwavering notion that the leading lady always gets her Mr. Perfect.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted and extended scenes; Gag reel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katherine Heigl Abby Richter
Gerard Butler Mike Chadway
Bree Turner Joy
Eric Winter Colin
Nick Searcy Stuart
Jesse D. Goins Cliff
Cheryl Hines Georgia
John Michael Higgins Larry
Noah Matthews Jonah
Bonnie Somerville Elizabeth
John Sloman Bob
Yvette Nicole Brown Dori
Nathan Corddry Josh
Allen Maldonado Duane
Steve Little Steve
Dan Callahan Rick
Tess Parker Bambi
Arielle Vandenberg Candi
Kevin Connolly Jim
Rocco DiSpirito Guest Chef
Valente Rodriguez Javier
Jamison Yang KPQU Big Wig
Blake Robbins KPQU Big Wig
Austin Winsberg KPQU Joe
Tom Virtue Balloon Pilot

Technical Credits
Robert Luketic Director
Deborah Aquila Casting
Kimberly Di Bonaventura Producer
Russell Carpenter Cinematographer
Lisa Churgin Editor
Nicole Eastman Original Story,Screenwriter
William Hawkins Art Director
Katherine Heigl Executive Producer
Nancy Heigl Executive Producer
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Andre Lamal Executive Producer
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Karen McCullah Lutz Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Deborah Jelin Newmyer Producer
Eric Reid Executive Producer
Steven E. Reuther Producer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Kirsten Smith Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Missy Stewart Production Designer
Tricia Wood Casting
Lisa Zeno-Churgin Editor
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Ugly Truth
1. Chapter 1 [3:13]
2. Chapter 2 [3:10]
3. Chapter 3 [1:40]
4. Chapter 4 [4:26]
5. Chapter 5 [3:23]
6. Chapter 6 [4:15]
7. Chapter 7 [2:38]
8. Chapter 8 [3:13]
9. Chapter 9 [3:17]
10. Chapter 10 [2:39]
11. Chapter 11 [4:45]
12. Chapter 12 [2:09]
13. Chapter 13 [2:47]
14. Chapter 14 [2:30]
15. Chapter 15 [5:07]
16. Chapter 16 [2:49]
17. Chapter 17 [4:28]
18. Chapter 18 [1:58]
19. Chapter 19 [3:51]
20. Chapter 20 [2:21]
21. Chapter 21 [3:06]
22. Chapter 22 [2:54]
23. Chapter 23 [1:55]
24. Chapter 24 [3:10]
25. Chapter 25 [2:46]
26. Chapter 26 [2:36]
27. Chapter 27 [1:37]
28. Chapter 28 [12:50]

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