The Ugly Truth

  • 2009-10-08
  • By Michael Litvinsky

MIKE CHADWAY: Chauvinistic correspondent trying to prove a point.

Director: Robert Luketic 

"The Ugly Truth" turns out to be a simple, unrefined romantic comedy, from the director of "Legally blonde," with Gerard Batler and Katherine Heigl starring in it. And, as is common for all the movies of this light genre, this one does not have any cultural value. Still, not every movie should be a masterpiece, rom-coms more generally, and "The Ugly Truth" in particular remains a nice option for killing spare time.

A romantically challenged morning show producer, Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl), is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler) to prove his theories on relationships. In exchange for a place in Abby's morning show he offers to help her in her meaningless efforts to find true love. Things start to get intriguing; Mike then discovers he has developed a crush on Abby. Of course, there is no romantic comedy without a happy ending and, eventually, Abby and Mike fall in love.  

  With a completely predictable plot, the makers of the film still managed to make the film more or less viewable by adding several dirty jokes (The film didn't get the "R" rating for nothing) in the script and making the characters less "sweet."

   This and, probably, the acting skills of the headliners of the movie made "The Ugly Truth" a raucous and funny comedy, indeed, but it didn't add any tolerance. So if you are easily offended or if you prefer more "sugary" kinds of pictures, with just a little touch of "spice," this one is probably not for you.

As for the rest, the crew is nice, the settings are beautiful, the music mostly contains the popular soundtracks of today, and everything ends with a kiss. Maybe it is right, from the directors point of view, to try to make the viewer feel the summer, even though it is already quite chilly on the streets.

Now showing in Latvia. and Lithuania, opens Oct.9 in Estonia

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