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The Ugly Truth (2009)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  24 July 2009 (USA)
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A romantically challenged morning show producer is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result. Written by Anonymous

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The battle of the sexes is on.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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24 July 2009 (USA)  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,976,043 (UK) (7 August 2009)

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$88,915,214 (USA) (2 October 2009)
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In the film, Gerard Butler's character appears as a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005). Butler and Craig Ferguson are good friends in real life, and the former has been a guest on the real show several times. See more »

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The warning sign on the back entrance to the news stage is on the inside of the door instead of the outside. See more »

Quotes

Mike Chadway: [sarcasticly] Oh, I know, I've got a great idea! Why don't we pass the time with you telling me how much *fun* you and Colin had having sex in Los Angeles?
Abby Richter: I broke up with Colin in Los Angeles, you jackass!
Mike Chadway: What?
Abby Richter: Oh, oh yeah, that's got your interest. Well if you think we're going to finish what we started in L. A. you are out of your mind. You lost your chance.
Mike Chadway: Oh, c'mon, I never had a chance with you.
Abby Richter: You're right. I had a momentary lapse in judgement when I thought you were more than you are,...
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Breakfast TV presenter gets people to wake up and smell the cornflakes.
18 August 2009 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Katherine Heigl stars in yet another rom-com (well, at least she has moved on from poor horror movies such as Bug Buster) and this time plays a controlling, slightly anally-retentive TV producer clashing heads with the station's latest acquisition, a brash and cynical commentator on the relationship dynamics between men and women played by Gerard Butler. Butler eventually bets Heigl that he can help her get the man of her dreams by making her into the kind of women that men want while Heigl agrees that if he accomplishes this she will stop being so hard on him despite thinking all he does is spout idiotic babble to idiotic troglodytes.

If you're reading the above summary and have no idea what is going to happen in this movie then congratulations, you have clearly never seen any romantic comedy before in your life and this is as good a place as any to start. Predictable enough but no less enjoyable for it, thanks mainly to two enjoyable performances from two likable leads.

There's also a decent, though largely unknown, supporting cast with John Michael Higgins being a comedic highlight in the few scenes he's in. Throw in a few amusingly raunchy laughs (and Heigl proves herself to be a good sport as she manages a great "Meg Ryan" moment) and some straight talking from Butler's character and you have a date movie that will both entertain your partner and also raise a few amusing observations that you will both wave off as irrelevant to yourselves . . . . it's called denial (ha ha!).

There's nothing new here, nothing deep, nothing more than a little bitter coating on the standard sweet pill that a romantic comedy can be but that's okay. It does what it sets out to do, it does it well and it's highly enjoyable for both sexes even while things wind towards an ending that you can see coming from the time the opening titles appear.

See this if you like: Two Weeks Notice, When Harry Met Sally, Bridget Jones's Diary.


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