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September 11, 2009

Pretty ugly people

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 2:23 pm

September 11, 2009

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler

Director: Robert Luketic

A low-brow romantic comedy filled with predictable jokes, The Ugly Truth stars Grey’s Anatomy‘s Katherine Heigl as Abby Richter, a whiny, control-freak television producer who’s forced to work with a boorish, sexist Neanderthal, Mike Chadway (played by Gerard Butler) when her show’s ratings begin to dip. Coming off a hit late-night show on cable television in which he dishes out lewd relationship advice to women, Chadway represents everything she hates. And yet, before you know it, she’s happily taking tips from him to seduce the man she’s got a crush on.

Chadway’s advice to her can be summed up as this: dress like a slut, laugh at his foolish jokes, don’t talk about yourself, and accept the fact that he’s only interested in your body. The screenplay demands that our prissy heroine not only fall for brutish Chadway, but also embrace his twisted world-view.

The Ugly Truth is not only misogynistic it’s also not very funny. The comedy is derived from silly gags like falling off a tree while peeping into the home of a handsome neighbor, wearing a pair of vibrating panties to a business dinner, and eating a hot dog suggestively.

If that’s your idea of comedy, perhaps you’ll enjoy this film. If you have better taste though, give this one a pass. It’s not an unwatchable film, it’s just not worth watching if you ask me. Two out of five for The Ugly Truth; what’s shocking is that three women are credited as the writers of this regressive film. What’s that they say about women being women’s worst enemies..?

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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