The Ugly Truth

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Overview

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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Overview

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: 11/10/2009
  • UPC: 043396292147
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 28,527

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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Don't waste your money

    I thought this movie would be good from the trailers I saw...unfortunately, the trailers showed the best parts of the movie. I love Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler but was terribly disappointed that their talents were wasted for this movie. It was more infuriating to me than funny. The humor was missing totally. The writers used vulgar and juvenile jokes. I was looking for a romantic comedy, but I found an 'American Pie' type movie which was not what was desired at all.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Ugly Truth

    Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a producer for a local TV station's morning news program in Sacramento. The show is struggling, pulling in less viewers than reruns of Geraldo, and her boss Stuart (Nick Searcy) is looking for something to draw viewers to their morning show. When he finds out that a cable access show called The Ugly Truth run by Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler) is pulling in viewers thanks to Mike's brash attitude toward relationships, he brings The Ugly Truth to the morning show as a regular installment on the morning show, much to Abby's chagrin.

    Best known for his turn in 300 Gerard Butler has amassed a somewhat large female following (I'm sure the uniforms in 300 didn't hurt), making him something of a recent go-to guy for romantic comedies as of late. Katherine Heigl, originally of Grey's Anatomy fame, found her in to movies when Anne Hathaway dropped out of Knocked Up allowing her to jump into the lead female spot. Since then she seems to have taken a spot in the lead in several romantic comedies appearing next in romantic action comedy Killers with Ashton Kutcher. So coming from somewhat different backgrounds how do these two play together in the movies?

    Fairly well. In a movie like this, you need to believe that the main characters despise each other, and Heigl embodies that in this movie. And while Chadway, if played improperly, could come off as totally unlikeable, Butler makes you like this sexist neo-perv. It's in the characterizations and acting that the movie grabs your attention and pulses with the ability to make you laugh. Another thing that I found more welcome on my end, was the R rating for a romantic comedy, something that you don't typically see in most romantic comedies. The willingness to push things just a little further was kind of refreshing.

    I can't really say there's much that I didn't enjoy with this movie. As I've said before in my review of The Proposal, this movie doesn't reinvent the romantic comedy, nor does it need to. In the end it's fairly by the numbers, but does more to bring in audience members from both sexes, making it a much better date movie than you can typically come to expect from most romantic comedies. I recommend this movie, especially to guys who need a romantic comedy to watch with their women.

    4/5

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Sweet and sexy romantic comedy

    The Ugly Truth is a charming movie. The humor isn't quite my style---it relies a little too heavily on pratfalls and humiliation, which usually make me cringe and cover my eyes---but the story behind that humor is engaging, fun, and surprisingly sweet. I loved all the characters and actually felt as though I knew almost all of them, even the ones who spent only a few moments on screen. Achieving that in only a little over an hour and a half worth of movie is impressive. Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl have fantastic chemistry, and their characters' frank exchanges somehow manage to be sexy even when their conversational topics really aren't. This is a romantic comedy that I think I'd like to watch again...a very rare occurrence for me these days!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I HAVE WATCHED IT 4 TIMES (THAT IS NOT NORMAL FOR ME) AND FIND IT FUN & ENTERTAINING TO WATCH EACH TIME. THERE IS SOME TRUTH TO WHAT MIKE CHADWAY SAYS AND HOW HE PRESENTS IT IS THE BIG DIFFERENCE FROM OTHER MOVIES. TO ME, THIS IS A KEEPER!!!!

    I found this movie to be more like "The Proposal", where the woman feels she has all the answers to a meaningful relationship with the perfect man. Yet she finds out more about herself than knew before. The scene where Mike first appears on her set is beautiful and shows an example of what is about to unfold. The elevator is a bit of theater as feelings & manuvering develop. The ballon scene has some beautiful scenery of the area around Sacramento.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amusing and romantic - possibly too frank for some tastes

    The movie was written by three women and executive produced by Katherine Heigl and her mother.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Yes, there was crude language in parts, some naughty jokes, and some frank conversations on thoughts and behavior, but I was expecting that, and so should anyone who watched the trailers. If you are not comfortable with that, you probably shouldn't watch it. It starts out poking fun at sterotypes of men and women, but as the movie progresses, Gerard and Katherine make you care about their characters, laugh along with them, showing you there is more under the surface. Their chemistry and their ability to express emotions in a realistic and believable manner adds to the dimension of their characters on screen.

    Romantic comedies are meant to be a bit of escapism. As I woman, I found it to be humorous, sexy, and touching, and thankfully not sappy. I loved their latin dance scene.

    I would not compare the content with American Pie, which is more in line with Porky's, a completely different genre.

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