The Ugly Truth stars Katherine Heigl whose looks made it worth it for me to sit through the movie. She plays Abby Richter a producer of a news show that is getting killed in the ratings. Abby is good at her job but the show has no pizaz and the two lead anchors are a husband and wife who are less than thrilled with on another. (Played by Cheryl Hines and John Michael Higgins). The show needs some spicing up so Abby’s boss hires Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler) to come on the show and spin his version of The Ugly Truth. Chadway is an unconventional outspoken relationship expert whose methods are frankly insulting to woman. However crued he seems to accurate in most of what he says.
Abby’s personal life is in the dumpster as she is looking for the perfect man and actually has a list of everything she wants. She comes off kind of psycho actually. But on a chance happening she meets one of her neighbors Colin (Eric Winter) who seems to be exactly what she wants.
Abby does not like Chadway’s method and she does not like him. But he offers to help her wrap Colin around her little finger so to say by using his methods and if his methods fail he will leave the show.
Abby agrees to try Chadway’s methods and becomes his student. But is it Collin’s heart she wins or Michael Chadway’s? (OK somebody please smack me because that sounded like the back cover of a Harlequin romance).
For me the movie was OK, I certainly think we could have waited for it to through Netflix because it was not worth rushing out for. I honestly didn’t see any chemistry between Heigle and either of the two guys in the film. It had a few funny moments but something was disconnected about the characters although I liked Butler’s performance and character.
I guess I was expecting it to be more like movies like Knocked Up or Forgetting Sarah Marshall which were two movies both my wife and myself enjoyed. However it did not stack up. So for me it was just OK, my wife however, who is a lover of all romantic comedies enjoyed it much better than I did so if you are more like her then me you will probably like this movie. At times the humor seemed kind of desperate and had to use trying to use sexual references to make things funny. One particular scene which was kind of funny at first just went on and on way to long.
So for me it was good not great, probably not a movie I would watch again, but it was entertaining enough once. I just didn’t feel the romance wth the characters and while there were funny moments where I did laugh there were some really silly moments that were meant to be funny that just were not. I think die hard romance fans will enjoy this but those who are not heavily in to romances will probably just find it OK as I did.