Mike is the host of a radio show called “The Ugly Truth” on which he bluntly reveals the feelings and motivations behind romance, love, and sex. When he is picked up by a TV station his producer, Abby, lets Mike know of her distaste for him and his show leading Mike to challenge and prod her into following his advice. As the romantic experiments are executed Mike and Abby both find a change of heart.
Katherine Heigl (Abby), Gerard Butler (Mike), Bree Turner (Joy), Eric Winter (Colin), Nick Searcy (Stuart), Jesse Goins (Cliff), Cheryl Hines (Georgia), John Higgins (Larry), Noah Matthews (Jonah), Bonnie Somerville (Elizabeth).
The Ugly Truth starts off with some good comedy and spends the next 96 minutes becoming more and more raunchy. Despite that, the film is fairly entertaining and most people would be hard pressed to deny that Mike speaks the truth on his show. The shock factor is fairly high but is mellowed by the drama surrounding Abby’s dating life and her relative naivety when it comes to men and attracting them. The film wraps up with a somewhat predictable Happy Ever After ending leaving us with nothing but the memory of a few laughs.
Acting was good from both Heigl and Butler who appear to have had good chemistry together. The two playing off each other was enjoyable rather than seeing either stuck in a particular mode. The remainder of the supporting cast was good with Hines and Higgins also being quite funny.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all nicely done and about what you would expect from a romantic comedy with a reasonable budget. Dialogue was funny, campy, raunchy, dramatic, and fortunately not completely in the gutter for the entire film. Sound and soundtrack were both well done.
Overall The Ugly Truth is an entertaining romantic comedy despite an abundance of crotch humor. Butler, Heigl, and fans of the genre will enjoy this the most though some may be offended at the extensive sexual innuendo and raunchy humor.
With plenty of sexual content, foul language, and crude humor save this for older teens and above.
The Ugly Truth is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 4 out of 5
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