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The Ugly Truth (2009)

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An uptight television producer takes control of a morning show segment on modern relationships hosted by a misogynistic man.

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Robert Luketic

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Nicole Eastman (screenplay), Karen McCullah (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katherine Heigl ... Abby
Gerard Butler ... Mike Chadway
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
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The battle of the sexes is on.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La cruda verdad See more »

Filming Locations:

Sacramento California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,605,576, 26 July 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$88,915,214

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,298,907
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After wrestling with the Jell-O twins, Gerard Butler ad-libbed the line "I can still taste you. You know what I mean." See more »

Goofs

When Mike makes a comment about "Irish Craig Ferguson," he's making fun of Abby's awful attempt to speak in a Scottish accent; he's not saying Craig Ferguson is Irish. See more »

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Mike Chadway: It's not for you, it's for your bean.
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You want the truth? You can handle The Ugly Truth, a fine romcom, but be forewarned that it deserves its "r" rating
27 July 2009 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Abby (Katherine Heigl) is an intelligent producer of a local morning show in Sacramento, California. She lives with her cat in a beautiful, lushly-gardened apartment complex but, the lovely lady longs to meet Mr. Right. One day, bad news arrives, twofold. One, since the show's ratings have slipped, the owners of the station have decided to go in a new direction. And, two, that direction would be south, Abby believes, for they have hired a brash, I-don't-mince-words talk show host, Mike (Gerard Butler) for a reprise of his late-night call-in program, The Ugly Truth. Mike will do small segments of advice, where he will counsel women on what a man "really wants". Since Abby has a past with this gentleman (she had recently called the late night show to tell Mike to take a hike) the young producer is mighty peeved that he has been hired for "her" program. Instant dislike reigns supreme. However, Mike does seem to know about affairs of the heart, even in his twisted fashion, and starts to give advice to Abby, on how to "catch" the very handsome young doctor, Colin (Eric Winter) who has just moved into her complex. two doors down. But, since this requires Abby and Mike to actually converse and confide in one another, could it be that Cupid's arrows could go astray? This is a very raucous and funny romcom but. it is definitely not in the Doris Day tradition. Therefore, if you are easily offended or prefer "sweet" tales of love, with just a touch of spice, this one may not be for you. That said, the cast is really delightful, for Heigl and Butler make a most attractive. sparring duo and Winter turns heads with his looks and smiles. The supporting cast, with Cheryl Hines and the rest, is quite nice, too. Also, the Sacramento setting is lovely while the costumes are terrific and the production values high. As for the direction, it is full of energy and mischief, as befits a script that is clever but rather risqué. All in all, if you love romcoms or any of the stars, you will probably embrace this one with gusto. For the truth is, it is very romantic at its core, and that's the best ingredient a comedic love tale can possess.


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