Amazing that this raunchy screenplay was written by three women. At its conclusion, I am forced to report, it provides abundant evidence of my belief that a good movie has rarely featured a hot-air balloon.
There are a few laughs here and there, and it is at least modestly interesting watching Heigl and Butler do their dance around the film's more adult material and more revealing scenes.
The best scenes are those in which Mike coaches Abby on how to inflame the doctor's interest, and she grudgingly comes to appreciate his savvy intuitions.
Naturally, however, Mike’s more than the Neanderthal he seems, and Abby comes to appreciate his better qualities just as she’s realising how much she has compromised herself to keep cardboard cut-out Colin interested.
Somewhere, deep down, I think this movie's creators wanted to tell moviegoers that there is such a thing as love (despite Mike's insistence that there isn't). And they wanted to convince us that it encompasses more than what can be stuffed in a spreadsheet.
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.
All due respect for Butler here folks- the guy is a hell of a performer. He kicks ass in action flicks, and probably even has the chops to pull off a decent comedic role, but this is not a good showcase for him.
The Ugly Truth seems to understand that you don’t fix yourself to find the person you love; you find the person that knows your flaws and, for whatever reason, loves you anyway.
The Ugly Truth is the latest generic romantic comedy from the Hollywood factory. Boorish everyman who doesn't believe in deep relationships meets fussy, high-strung professional woman looking for love.
Every point I am giving this film is because of Gerard Butler. He’s not only extremely easy on the eyes, but he is a wonderful actor. He gives great edge and intense vulnerability to a role he could have easily phoned in.
On the plus side, the movie does right to populate the world with great side characters. Abby’s best friend and assistant is played by Bree Turner, who once again reminds me that I love Bree Turner.
So why are we meant to like him now? Perhaps Gerard’s famous natural charm was meant to save the day, but the Scot is so busy choking on his attempt at an American accent that all I could marvel at was his cheeks.
The movie itself is good. Solid performances all around. And I found that I really believed the romance developing between the two characters
Despite the fact that the film has a few issues, overall it was very funny and smart. It may appear to be a "chick-flick," but after your male friend/husband/ boyfriend has been dragged to the movie whining, he will exit the theatre still chuckling about what he has just seen.