The Ugly Truth

How Unromantic


24 July 2009| No Comments on The Ugly Truth     by Sean Chavel


Dumb and objectifying. If a famous Hollywood actress is stuck with a miserably coarse script, she can always smile more and stick out her boobs. Katherine Heigl is playing another one of those characters who is a hard-driven and hectic career woman but has a bankrupt love life in The Ugly Truth. Do your two signature tricks, Katherine, before we lose more interest than we already have! Here Miss Goldilocks plays a morning TV talk show producer named Abby who seems to have lots of clichéd ideas on how to get ratings. In an early scene while out on a first date, she comes off as a deranged batty controlling the course of the date going so far as to hand over to the guy a printed list of conversation subjects.

She’s a loser in love (see Heigl in “27 Dresses” too). But wait a minute? No young career woman her age would ever act that way on a date, going out of the way to un-order a bottle of water that the guy has asked the waiter for. Come on, how could any woman be career savvy as to made it this far into the TV biz and yet have no idea how to act socially accustomed on a date? Her character, in contrived stages of plotting, obtains a mentor to help her land a man.

The movie knows nothing about how real television professionals behave in the studio environment. Everybody around the studio talks about sex, sex, sex on a constant basis. Dumb sex talk though, nothing hot. Anyway, it’s not Abby’s idea when bad boy Mike Chadaway (Gerard Butler, “300”) is hired to boost ratings as a new special correspondent with a segment named after the film’s title whose first advice for women is to shut up and be passive. Mike, coming off like a soused Las Vegas hotel comedian, pitches a few persuasive barbs on why men flee from tight-lipped, inhibited women. But his profanity would only realistically make him a hit with barmaids, not successful women who wear business suits.

Abby at first hates this guy but soon enough is shopping with him so he can help her pick out a sexier bra and cocktail dress so she can impress the surgeon hunk next door named Colin (Eric Winter). At the same time, Mike is trying to teach her to play hard to get. Before you know it, Abby is out on a date with Colin trying to clean a stain from his pants, but to on-lookers looks awfully like a pantomimed… you know… up / down, up / down on his crutch. Beavis says “Cool.” Butthead scratched his nuts.

For those of you out there who have seen enough movies to predict what happens next… Guess which two characters fall in love? One could talk about the pseudo-dynamite twists and turns, but let’s jump ahead and bring you some closure. It would be nice to say that the movie has its share of highs and lows, but please be correctly informed that most of the movie is sedated with lows. What is incredulous about “The Ugly Truth” and now the romantic comedy genre in general, is how un-romantic the romantic comedy has become in our times.

96 Minutes. Rated R.


Film Cousins: “Someone Like You” (2001); “27 Dresses” (2007); “Good Luck Chuck” (2007); “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009).

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Sean Chavel

About The Author / Sean Chavel

Sean Chavel is a Hollywood based author and movie reviewer. He is the Executive Director of, a new website that has adapted the movie review site genre by introducing moodbased and movie experience based reviews.


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