The Ugly… Ugly Truth

Posted on: 12/1/09 3:53 PM | by Jonathan McKee

Last night Lori and I rented the comedy romance The Ugly Truth with Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl. I needed to review it anyway for our MOVIE REVIEW page, and I always enjoy a good romantic comedy with Lori.

My thoughts?

Very ugly… very little truth.

Some people might be quick to tell me, “Hey Jonathan, it’s rated R! What did you expect?” First, this won’t be the first time I’ve said it, I don’t put much weight in the MPAA’s rating system. The Ugly Truth is “rated R for sexual content and language.” That would also describe Jerry McGuire or When Harry Met Sally, both films that are not only “true” and real, but also are very pro-marriage.

The Ugly Truth was none of that. Looking at the preview, I should have foreseen that.

Here’s a snippet from my official movie review:

Abby (Katherine Heigl) is a romantically challenged morning show producer who is appalled by Mike (Gerard Butler), a chauvinist with a cable call-in show called “The Ugly Truth.” When Abby’s station faces the reality of low ratings, they hire Mike to come and liven up her show with his raw, risqué antics. In other words, they sold out, like most of today’s media does.
This attempt at a romantic comedy was simply one raunchy gag after the next, and sprinkled with the typical subtle lies that promote today’s “hook-up” culture.
Audiences who enjoyed Knocked Up and the like will probably enjoy this film as well. Audiences who don’t enjoy non-stop locker-room humor will want to skip this insult to their intelligence.
Take the moment early in the film when Abby is climbing a tree to save her cat, only to see in her “hunk” of a neighbor’s window, seeing him get out of the shower. Of course the branch breaks, she loudly falls, catching herself by her feet so we can see her hang upside down in her panties, and him run out in a towel to see what all the hullabaloo is all about (I’ve been waiting for years to use that word in a sentence). She somehow grabs his towel off, leaving him standing naked with his crotch in her face.
Did the writers of Three’s Company write this?
Don’t waste your time. Skip it.

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