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The Ugly Truth

Released: 2009

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 1 hr 41 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Robert Luketic

Starring: Gerard Butler, Katherine Heigl, Bree Turner, Eric Winter, Nick Searcy, Jesse D. Goins, Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins, Noah Matthews

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.

The ugly truth is that Gerard Butler's fingers-across-the-blackboard performance makes THE UGLY TRUTH painful to endure.

Review by: SteveRhodes

Added: 7 years ago

The ugly truth is that Gerard Butler's fingers-across-the-blackboard performance makes THE UGLY TRUTH painful to endure. Butler plays Mike, a scruffy, disheveled guy with a filthy mouth who dishes out lots of scandalous and vulgar advice to women on a public access channel.

If Butler was the film's star rather than its costar, the movie would be an instant candidate for my worst of the year list. Almost every time he spoke, I was ready to run screaming out of the theater, especially since he, along with most of the actors in the movie, spoke with the rapidity of a recent graduate of a speed speaking course. It's one thing to be obnoxious, but it's a different matter entirely if it is done in triple speed.

Thankfully Butler does share top billing with a more appealing actor, Katherine Heigl (the probably not really dead, dead woman from "Gray's Anatomy"). As Abby, Heigl is not at the top of her form, but she is light-years better than Butler.

The plot has Abby, the producer of a Sacramento morning news program, being forced against her will to hire Mike, since the news ratings of her program are sagging.

The film's premises are filled with only-in-the-movies moments. Can you imagine any character that Katherine Heigl plays really needing help in the dating department? Nope, neither can I. And, if you can believe that, would you buy that she would accept it from a pathetic guy like Mike? Nope. And in real-life, do you buy that a character like Mike could turn out to have a heart of gold and be a great father figure to his nephew? Nope again.

As much as I hated this film through most of it, I've got to admit that between its numerous groanable minutes were several jokes that were extremely funny. Between teeth grinding moments were several big laughs, with the biggest coming in a dinner party where Abby accidentally has on the remote controlled vibrating underwear that Mike gave her as a gift. Farfetched? You bet, but in the context of an off-the-wall comedy, it managed to work particularly well.

If you are dead set on seeing THE UGLY TRUTH, wait for the DVD, when you can be firmly in control of the fast-forward button, which you'll be hitting a lot.

THE UGLY TRUTH runs a long 1:41. It is rated R for "sexual content and language" and would be acceptable for teenagers.