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The Ugly Truth -- A romantically challenged morning show producer (Katherine Heigl) is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent (Gerard Butler) to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result.  Directed by Robert Luketic.
The Ugly Truth -- A macho morning TV show correspondent (Butler) makes a bet with his love-challenged producer (Heigl): If his tips on how to land and keep a guy don't work, he'll quit the business.
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The Ugly Truth -- Interview: Katherine Heigl "On the cast improvising"
The Ugly Truth -- A macho morning TV show correspondent (Butler) makes a bet with his romantically challenged producer (Heigl): If his tips on how to land and keep a guy don't work, he'll quit the business.


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Writers (WGA):
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katherine Heigl ... Abby

Gerard Butler ... Mike

Bree Turner ... Joy

Eric Winter ... Colin

Nick Searcy ... Stuart

Jesse D. Goins ... Cliff

Cheryl Hines ... Georgia

John Michael Higgins ... Larry

Noah Matthews ... Jonah

Bonnie Somerville ... Elizabeth

John Sloman ... Bob

Yvette Nicole Brown ... Dori

Nate Corddry ... Josh

Allen Maldonado ... Duane

Steve Little ... Steve
Dan Callahan ... Rick
Tess Parker ... Bambi

Arielle Vandenberg ... Candi

Kevin Connolly ... Jim

Rocco DiSpirito ... Guest Chef

Valente Rodriguez ... Javier

Jamison Yang ... KPQU Big Wig

Blake Robbins ... KPQU Big Wig
Austin Winsberg ... KPQU Joe

Tom Virtue ... Balloon Pilot

Adam Harrington ... Jack Magnum (as Adam John Harrington)

J. Claude Deering ... Drunk Guy

Alexis Krause ... Cute Brunette

Craig Ferguson ... Craig Ferguson
Caleb De Oliveira ... Kid

Jade Marx-Berti ... Hostess (as Jade Marx)
Lenny Schmidt ... Waiter
Mimi Michaels ... Female Fan

Donnie Smith ... Boyfriend
Kate Mulligan ... Waitress
Earl Carroll ... Security Guard

Marc D. Wilson ... Bell Man
Nathan Potter ... Waiter #2

Jeff Newburg ... KPQU Production Assistant

Ryan Surratt ... Bartender

Vicki Lewis ... Saleswoman

David Lowe ... Cameraman

Yolanda Pecoraro ... Sexy Woman

Brooke Stone ... Karen
Stephanie Mace ... TV Production Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Andrews ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Ashley Ausburn ... Girl on Bike (uncredited)

John Jason Bailey ... Bar (uncredited)
Alicia Baker ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Kevin Bangos ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Melinda Bennett ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

April Betts ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Skyler Caleb ... Station Employee (uncredited)
David Carrasco ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)
Adam Clark ... Cliff (uncredited)

Sandra Daubert ... Mike's Mom (uncredited)

Sabrina Diaz ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Kim Donovan ... Woman on Bike (uncredited)
Jessica Drake ... Caller (voice) (uncredited)
Alan Dunn ... Comets Baseball Star (uncredited)

Christina Gabrielle ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Steven Galarce ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Jerald Garner ... Restaurant Guest (uncredited)
Leslie Gunning ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Lejla Hadzimuratovic ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)
Safia Hakim ... News Station Employee (uncredited)

Justin Rodgers Hall ... Himself (uncredited)

Stephen Hansen ... Devil's Baseball Hero (uncredited)
Bron Heussenstamm ... Batter (uncredited)

James Howarth ... Date (uncredited)
Alexandra Nicole Hulme ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)
Spencer Knowles ... Baseball Player #1 (uncredited)

Courtney Kocak ... Disgusted Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Angel Lacy ... Wine Fair (uncredited)

Bruna Matsin ... Production Manager (uncredited)

Tina Mayer ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Taylor McCluskey ... Station Employee (uncredited)

Erin Micklow ... Trashy Redhead (uncredited)

Bob Morrisey ... Harold (uncredited)

Barnett O'Hara ... Bar patron (uncredited)

Shanna Olson ... Beautiful Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Sandra Plazinic ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)
Bertrand Roberson Jr. ... News Station Employee (uncredited)

John Robert ... Male Fan (uncredited)

Calo Rodriguez ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)
Leonard Jonathan Ruebe ... Valet (uncredited)
Jessica Lynn Sadowski ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Ashton Shane ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Anthony Simone ... Day Player (uncredited)

Rich Skidmore ... Announcer (uncredited)

Chris Spinelli ... Park Pedestrian (uncredited)

John Summers ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Daniel Cage Theodore ... The Speaking Baseball Player (uncredited)
María Antonieta Vázquez ... News Station Employee (uncredited)
Forrest Walsh ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)
Holly Weber ... Chef Megan (uncredited)

Tracy Weisert ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Reed Willard ... Wine Festival Attendee (uncredited)

Tamara Witmer ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)
Sebastian "Sebass" Wolski ... Upscale Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Carolina Zaballa ... Salsa Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Luketic 
Writing credits
Nicole Eastman (screenplay) and
Karen McCullah (screenplay) &
Kirsten Smith (screenplay)

Nicole Eastman (story)

Produced by
Kimberly di Bonaventura .... producer
Katherine Heigl .... executive producer
Nancy Heigl .... executive producer
Ryan Kavanaugh .... executive producer
Andre Lamal .... executive producer
Gary Lucchesi .... producer
Karen McCullah .... executive producer
Deborah Jelin Newmyer .... producer
Eric Reid .... executive producer
Steven Reuther .... producer
Tom Rosenberg .... producer
Kirsten Smith .... executive producer
Original Music by
Aaron Zigman 
Cinematography by
Russell Carpenter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lisa Zeno Churgin 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Jennifer L. Smith 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Missy Stewart 
Art Direction by
William Hawkins 
Set Decoration by
Kathy Lucas 
Costume Design by
Betsy Heimann 
Makeup Department
Michelle Rene Elam .... key hair stylist (as Michelle Elam)
Sean Flanigan .... hair department head
Zoe Hay .... makeup artist
Corinna Liebel .... makeup artist (as Corinna Woodcock)
Tania McComas .... makeup department head
Vickie Mynes .... hair stylist (as Vicki Mynes)
Christina Raye .... hair stylist
Michele Tyminski .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Steve Demko .... post-production supervisor
Ted Gidlow .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jon Mallard .... first assistant director
James McQuaide .... second unit director
Tyler Romary .... second assistant director
Art Department
James Addink .... second art department coordinator
Alan Alvarado .... propmaker foreman
Fred Apolito .... propmaker
Rupert M. Benson III .... assistant props
Jack Blanchard .... leadman: additional photography
Randy L. Childs .... propmaker foreman
Sarah Contant .... set designer
David Corral .... greensman
Robert Danté Denne .... paint supervisor
China Fox .... assistant property master (as China Iwata)
Douglas Fox .... property master
Neil Garland .... propmaker gangboss
Hector M. Gonzalez .... on-set dresser
John Herbert .... painter
Regina Hermosillo .... set decorating coordinator
Karen Higgins .... construction coordinator
Eric Hill .... set dresser
Scott G. Jones .... gang boss
Steven Kissick .... general foreman
Anthony Klaiman .... set dresser
Canyon Martens .... greens foreman
Carla S. Nemec .... art department coordinator
Anthony D. Parrillo .... assistant art director (as Anthony Parrillo)
Nashon Petrushkin .... set dresser
Drew Pierce .... scenic artist
Brian Tipton .... shop foreman
Jason Vanover .... key greensman
Joanna Venezky .... set buyer
Garrett Vosburg .... greensman
Mark Weissenfluh .... leadman
Jonathan Woods .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Michael Babcock .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Babcock .... supervising sound editor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Bryan M. Cahill .... boom operator
Craig Dollinger .... boom operator
Lee Gilmore .... sound effects editor
Avram D. Gold .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Aaron Grice .... utility sound
Tiffany S. Griffith .... dialogue editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Tim LeBlanc .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Anne Lockhart .... adr loop group
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Jason Oliver .... adr recordist
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joseph Tsai .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Larz Anderson .... special effects coordinator
Bart Dion .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Erika Abrams .... Visual Effects Coordinator: Furious FX
Robert Adams .... compositor: Gradient Effects
Mathieu Aerni .... model/texture artist
Tim Alexander .... digital effects artist
Oliver Arnold .... cg supervisor
Joel Ashman .... digital compositor: Gradient Effects
Jennifer Avery .... visual effects production manager
Adam Avitabile .... digital compositor
Louise Baker .... previs lead: Proof, Inc.
Ian T. Barbella .... visual effects coordinator
Anthony Barcelo .... digital compositor
Andy Barrios .... inferno artist
Travis Baumann .... digital compositor: Gradient Effects
Danny Bergeron .... visual effects executive producer: Mokko Studio
Kelly Bumbarger .... digital compositor
Andy Burmeister .... matchmover
Cyntia Büll .... digital artist: LOOK! Effects
Merlin Carroll .... roto and paint lead
Ray Chang .... digital compositor: Gradient Effects
Vincent Cirelli .... visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
Chad E. Collier .... digital intermediate data technician: Company 3
Michael Collins .... digital artist: LOOK! Effects
Shane Cook .... compositing supervisor: Gradient Effects
Robert Coquia Jr. .... i/o vfx
John Cornejo .... lead compositor
Daniel Craemer .... visual effects
Chad Dombrova .... technical director: Luma Pictures
Scott Dougherty .... visual effects executive producer: Furious FX
Jenny Foster .... visual effects producer: LOOK Effects
Michel Frenette .... senior compositor: Mokko Studio
Katie Godwin .... visual effects coordinator
Joanna N. Goslicka .... tracking artist
Anthony Grant .... model/texture artist
Steve Griffith .... visual effects producer: Luma Pictures
Jennifer Gutierrez .... junior compositor
Martin Hall .... compositor: FuriousFX
Lindsay Hallett .... visual effects executive producer: RIOT (as Lindsay Burnett)
H Haden Hammond .... sequence supervisor: Luma Pictures
Jacob Harris .... paint artist: Luma Pictures
John R. Hazzard .... pipeline technical director: Luma Pictures
Dylan Highsmith .... visual effects editor
Craig Hilditch .... digital compositor
Holly Gregory Horter .... digital artist
Josiah Holmes Howison .... digital compositor
Christopher Ide .... post production assistant
Andreas Jablonka .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Justin Johnson .... digital effects supervisor
Harimander Singh Khalsa .... digital compositor (as Michael Cashore)
Deke Kincaid .... senior compositor: Gradient Effects
Mark Kolpack .... visual effects producer: Gradient Effects
Alain Lachance .... lead compositor: Mokko Studio
Erik LaPlant .... vfx coordinator: luma pictures
Chris LeDoux .... sequence supervisor: R!OT
David Lingenfelser .... executive visual effects supervisor: Furious Fx
Zachary Lo .... digital artist: LOOK! Effects
Jason Locke .... lead matchmover
Sean Looper .... pipeline and tools supervisor: R!OT
Jessica Madsen .... digital artist
Sarah McAnally .... assistant visual effects editor
James McQuaide .... visual effects supervisor
Mindy Minkow .... visual effects coordinator
Glenn Morris .... roto/paint supervisor
Mike Murphy .... previs supervisor: Proof, Inc.
Marla Neto .... visual effects production assistant: R!OT
James Notari .... visual effects coordinator
Kim O'Donnell .... digital compositor
Gary Oldroyd .... visual effects on-set supervisor
Raphael A. Pimentel .... animation supervisor
Eric Potter .... visual effects
Rebecca Ramsey .... visual effects executive producer: Look Effects
Devon Read .... digital compositor: Gradient Effects
Migs Rustia .... visual effects editor
Gabriel Sanchez .... visual effects supervisor: LOOK! Effects
Chad Schott .... digital artist: LOOK! Effects
Payam Shohadai .... executive visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
Prasanna Siddharthan .... digital compositor: Gradient Fx
Jason Sikora .... visual effects editor
Joey Sila .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Tiffany Smith .... visual effects producer: Furious FX
Eva Snyder .... junior compositor
Roland So .... matchmover
Martha Soehendra .... digital artist: LOOK! Effects
Martha Soehendra .... digital compositor
Paul Stemmer .... visual effects editor
Michael Stewart .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Richard Sutherland .... lighting td: Luma Pictures
Mai Suzuki .... digital restoration artist
Steven Swanson .... visual effects supervising producer: Luma Pictures
Olcun Tan .... executive visual effects producer: Gradient Effects
Thomas Tannenberger .... visual effects producer: Gradient Effects
Cameron Thomas .... compositor: Gradient FX
Yuki Uehara .... visual effects
Tina Wallace .... digital artist: LOOK! Effects
Kyle Ware .... visual effects coordinator: Luma Pictures
James Waterson .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Shane Christopher Wicklund .... digital compositor: Gradient Effects
Shane Christopher Wicklund .... paint artist: R!OT
Sonia Yu .... lighter: Luma Pictures
Bob Froehlig .... lead systems engineer: Gradient Effects (uncredited)
Dawrath Phoue .... roto/paint artist: Luma Pictures (uncredited)
Brandon Beckman .... utility stunts
Randy Beckman .... stunt coordinator
Cornell Brandon .... stunts
Brycen Counts .... stunts
Chris Daniels .... assistant stunt coordinator
Jacob Dewitt .... stunts
Rockey Dickey Jr. .... stunts
Cheyenne Ellis .... stunt double: Katherine Heigl
David Kilde .... stunt double: Gerard Butler
Rusty Manning .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Saeed Adyani .... still photographer
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator
Will Arnot .... camera operator: "a" camera
Craig A. Brink .... rigging gaffer
Craig Brown .... grip
Richard L. Carden .... dolly grip
Rick Colosimo .... grip
Vincent Contarino .... dimmer board operator
Chris Funk .... rigging electrician
Sheila Greene .... rigging electrician
Mark Hadland .... best boy electric
Gene Hara .... electrician
Morgan Jenkins .... camera loader
Will Jenkins .... camera loader
Michael Kleiman .... second assistant camera: additional
Len Levine .... chief lighting technician
Josh Levy .... video assist operator
Gary Louzon .... rigging grip
Gary Lowrance .... electrician
Michael Lowrance .... electrician
Jesse Mather .... lighting technician
Kevin McKnight .... camera operator: "b" camera
Matthew Mebane .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Tom Morash .... rigging electrician
Jesse Olivares .... digital video assist operator
Haydn Pazanti .... camera loader/second assistant camera: "B" camera
Nolan Pratt .... rigging grip
Rick Pratt .... rigging key grip
Dennis Seawright .... first assistant camera
Jim Shelton .... key grip
Mike Simko .... grip
Brent Studler .... electrician
Jon Sudtell .... best boy grip
Sam Wayman .... lighting technician
Chuck Whelan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Philip Hurn .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Animation Department
Raphael A. Pimentel .... animation supervisor
Casting Department
Natasha Delahunt .... extras casting assistant
Samantha Finkler .... casting associate
Carla Lewis .... extras casting
Caitlin McKenna .... adr voice casting (as Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amanda Chamberlin .... costumer (as Mandy Chamberlin)
Heather Hybbert .... costumer (as Heather Hybert)
Joyce Kogut .... costume supervisor
Ric Spencer .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Matt Besserman .... post-production assistant
Don Broida .... first assistant editor
Siggy Ferstl .... digital intermediate colorist
Jordan Fox .... di colorist assist
Nicholas Hasson .... smoke editor
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Andy Kaplan .... digital intermediate producer
Santiago Padilla .... colorist: dailies
Ian Sullivan .... digital intermediate accountant
Jim Passon .... color timer (uncredited)
Dave Pickett .... colorist (television version) (uncredited)
Location Management
Ted Alvarez .... key assistant location manager/scout
Patrick Chisholm .... key assistant location manager
Jennifer Dunne .... location manager
Shaun Gavin .... location scout: Oregon
Dana Graham .... key assistant location manager
Will Ruvalcaba .... key assistant location manager
Mathew A. Villalobos .... key assistant location manager
Nancy Wong .... key assistant location manager
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Nick Fevola .... music preparation
Jerry Hey .... orchestrator
Steve Juliani .... music preparation
Patrick Kirst .... orchestrator
David Metzner .... music editor: temp score
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Angie Rubin .... music editor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Michael Stern .... music recording engineer: music scoring mixer
Jesse Voccia .... composer: electronic music
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... temp music editor
Aaron Zigman .... orchestrator
Emily C. Kwong .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Mateo Laboriel .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Roy Beville .... transportation
Grady Allen Bishop .... driver: camera car
Alex E. Burns .... transportation
Bruce Comtois .... driver generator operator
Michael Connor .... transportation office captain
Mark Dobkousky .... driver
Geno Hart .... transportation consultant
Alan Kaminsky .... picture car coordinator
Jay Krueger .... driver
Seth Levine .... driver
John Pellegrino .... transportation captain
Michael J. Riegle .... driver
Tim Schau .... transportation
John Siedenburg .... driver
Other crew
H. Leah Amir .... key craft service
Spencer Andrews .... stand-in / photodouble: Kevin Connolly (as Spencer Jambor)
Bethany Andriuzzo .... second assistant accountant
Joshua Aufrance .... post-production accountant
Travis Bauer .... assistant: Mr. Luketic
Julie Bernards .... payroll accountant
Kendra Burrell .... production assistant
Jennifer Bydwell .... clearances and product placement
Steve Cainas .... production coordinator
Sue Chipperton .... animal trainer
Calvin Dean .... baseball technical adviser
Deborah Dellosso .... animal trainer
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
D.R. Farquharson .... project manager: Deluxe Digital Cinema
Corinne Fixmer .... first assistant accountant
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Andrea Giannetti .... studio executive: development
Kyle Gibson .... accounting clerk
Vicki Goldsmith .... additional set production assistant
Grant Grabowski .... assistant production coordinator
Nick Grimm .... assistant: Gerard Butler
Brent Hagata .... production assistant
Dan Harder .... lot medic
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative
Karen Ibara .... assistant: Katherine Heigl
Rachel Jensen .... production assistant
Stephanie Mace .... production assistant
Michelle Maloney .... key set production assistant
Christie Mattull .... insurance services
Kevin Mills .... production secretary
Laura Pearson-Smith .... marketing and distribution (as Laura Pearson)
Shane Sankey .... construction accountant
Kate Schriver .... assistant: Mr. Rosenberg
Lindsey Shupe .... production assistant
Max Smerling .... assistant: Mr. Reid
Joni Smith .... production secretary
Michael Umble .... unit publicist
Michael Westby .... production assistant
Whitney J. Willard .... production accountant
Herbert James Winterstern .... assistant: Mr. Lamal (as Jamie Winterstern)
Jessica Wood .... assistant: Mr. Lucchesi
Michael Zazarino .... choreographer
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
Jeremy Jacobs .... stage manager (uncredited)
Liz Lira .... choreographer (uncredited)
Kee Kee Buckley .... thanks (as Christine Buckley)
Toby Midgen .... thanks

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Rated R for sexual content and language
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-11/9 (original rating) | Germany:12 | Ireland:16 | Japan:R15+ | Malaysia:18PL | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:A | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG13 (edited TV version) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Spain:12 (TV rating) | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-12 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #44576)

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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 »
Continuity: Abby and Mike go to a club after visiting the Late Late Show. Abby is alternately holding a glass and not holding it between shots. The amount of liquid in her cup changes throughout the scene.See more »
Abby Richter:Tell me about the doozy. You know, the woman who broke your heart.
Mike Chadway:You are just totally trying to kill my buzz.
Abby Richter:No, I'm not. I'm just interested in what makes you you.
Mike Chadway:Well, for your information, it was more than just one. It was more like a parade. Codependent girls, unfaithful girls, depressed girls, narcissistic girls, phony girls. Girls who, it turned out, didn't actually like me. By the time I hit 30, I realized that you can only have so many lousy relationships before you figure out there's no such thing as a good one.
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34 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Better than I expected, it's honestly not that bad, it had better potential though, 4 September 2009
Author: Kristine ( from Chicago, Illinois

Romantic comedies, I've said it before and I'll say it again, we always have the hit and miss formula that comes with this genre. For the most part it's a miss, we RARELY have a funny or original romantic comedy. It's been over a year since we've had a good romantic comedy and this year seems to be pushing the horrible movies of this genre. For example, we had The Proposal that was released this year and it was just awful and so simple. The Ugly Truth seemed to be heading the same way when I first saw the trailer, but when I learned that it was Rated R, I decided to try to give it a chance. Honestly, this movie was a lot better than I had expected, it actually had some really great laughs and is a heck a lot better than The Proposal. But once again The Ugly Truth fell back into the ugly formula of clichés that are just annoying and there were quite a few things that I would have done differently with the story, I'll first explain the plot.

Abby, a TV producer, is coming home from another disastrous date one night, she happens to see a segment of a local television show, "The Ugly Truth," run by Mike Chadway, whose cynicism of relationships prompts Abby to call into the show to argue with him on-air. The next day, she discovers that the station is threatening to cancel her show because of its poor ratings, and the station owner has hired Mike to do a segment on her show to bring them back up. At first, the two have a rocky relationship; Abby thinks Mike is crass and disgusting while Mike finds Abby to be a control freak. However she meets the man of her dreams, a doctor named Colin living next to her, and Mike persuades her to follow his lead. She agrees to his helpful advice and if he can get her the man she wants, proving his theories on relationships, she will work happily with him, but if Mike fails, he agrees to quit; he successfully guides Abby to be exactly what Colin would want. But being a romantic comedy, Abby and Mike instead fall for each other as usual, you know how the story goes.

Now things I would've done different, if you don't want spoilers then don't read on: there is a child that comes into Mike's apartment, he and Mike get along great, I'm thinking that's his son; instead it's his nephew. I think this would have added substance to his character and made him more likable and would have had a better story on why he was so bitter on women, maybe like the mother left him or something. Second: I honestly would have had Abby chosen the doctor over Mike. Katherine and Gerad are great on screen together, but their chemistry for this film I felt was more of a great friendship than falling in love with each other. Her choosing Mike over the doctor was so typical, I would have had the doctor find out about what was going on and then take her back realizing that he still liked her very much and then Mike ends up with some slutty girl as usual happy with his shallow life, but still enjoying it. Third: no tired formulas, no girl best friend supporting everything the lead female does, no big kiss in front of an audience, no dramatic of finding out what a kiss meant. Fourth: why do we have gorgeous people claiming they have a hard time finding love or supposedly not having sex for a year? I'm not saying it's impossible, but I'm finding it hard to believe that girls who look like Katherine Heigl are having the hardest time finding love.

But there are some positives in the film, honestly I did have a good time watching this film over all, it was just the ending that killed the movie. But even the little rip off of When Harry Met Sally where Abby is wearing vibrating panties at a company dinner and someone saying what was in her food to have the same effect, it's an old joke but it never gets old. I loved that this was a Rated R rom-com because the reason MOST of these movies don't work are due to the fact that they're too family friendly and very much unrealistic. Not to say that The Ugly Truth is completely realistic, but more so than most films. We have some sick jokes but get a great laugh, Abby is going to a baseball game with Colin, her crush, and she accidentally spills her drink on his lap and starts rubbing his pants to clean them and the kiss cam lowers in on them with a bad angle looking like she's just having fun with his hot dog. Honestly I think most of the theater had a hard time catching their breath on that joke, no one could stop laughing. Katherine and Gerad do have great chemistry on screen, I just think it would have worked better as a friendship. So I would say this is better suited as a rental vs. a theater view. It's a lot better than I expected but had more potential as it falls back into the same old tired formula.


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