Movie Review: The Ugly Truth
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 5 months ago
Written July 26, 09
The ugly truth (no pun) about this film is that it totally sucks. It lacks in so many ways, it isn’t even funny… it’s nothing more than a nauseating hour and a half of bad comedy timing, acting, direction and story telling. For starters, I’m not really sure what was going through the minds of those in charge of having cast this film, because it was all off. The writing for some reason didn’t fit the actors… especially Katherine Heigl. I’m surprised she even accepted such a role considering all the potty mouth humor. After her role in “Knocked Up” and post film attitude and comments about how derogatory and “anti-women” the film was, I’m wondering why she accepted “The Ugly Truth.” Other than a pay-check or perhaps her name starting to fade, I can’t really think of anything else. Leaving Katherine aside, it's not like Gerard Butler was any better either… the life given to the script was as miniscule as the brain of a chipmunk. Horrible in every way I can think of. Way too much over acting and the fact that neither one of them are actual comedic actors was really made clear in this piece.
The film centralizes on Abby Richter (Heigl) as 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 (Butler,) a hardcore TV personality who promises to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick.
Oh wow – Heigl plays a control psycho freak that says “cock” and Butler an open carefree flirt that says “pussy” and they both imply hot porn sex very discreetly.
I’m as open as they come and surely possess a great sense of humor and can tolerate all sorts of comedy no matter how innocent or how raunchy… but truth be told, unless it’s being presented properly (as misunderstanding as it may seem) and being delivered by the right individuals it’s just not going to work. And although this film might have had some potential among people like myself, there were lots of missed opportunities in which could have at the very least carried this film during certain scenes. From the first act to the last, this nonsense of battle of the sexes truly displays nothing more than a disaster.
It’s also getting a little tiring (for me at least) having to see films that cater to the ignorance of men and women towards one another. In my mind if you’re in your 30s and still have no idea about what the opposite sex is like, shoot yourself because you’ve got issues. Yes there is a balance and yes it doesn’t lean towards ALL, but the fact is that most men are visually enticed and lean towards beauty and provocative gestures as most women are towards a lifestyle of emotional, mental and perhaps financial security. It’s encoded in our DNA and that’s that… I’m totally done with these bad excuses of films that wind up being nothing more than dragging tutorials for the homosapian challenged.
My advice… don’t waste your money on this. Thank God I didn’t!