The Ugly Truth

Everything is not always as it seems. In the world of dating you have to wade through the truth and lies before you find Mr Right, which is where The Ugly Truth comes in.

The Ugly Truth gets down to business and tells it like it is: Women – you need to look hot before a man notices you, and men – only ever think on a primordial level. If you get those basics down, you can master the ups and downs of dating.

Another rom-com from the boughs of Hollywood does not fail in following the typical set-up – guy meets girl, guy and girl begin to like each other, something happens through fault of, usually, both to make them stop speaking, guy and girl realise perfect for each other, guy and girl make up, guy and girl live happily ever after in the land of Hollywood make-believe.

But the difference comes with writers Nicole Eastman and Karen McCullah Lutz, the former a new comer to the movie writing biz and the latter having brought us such gems as 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde, adding a male perspective to the mix.

Director Robert Luketic (21 and Legally Blonde) has managed to get superb performances from some difficult actors and is the additive to perfect the male perspective.

Set in Sacramento, The Ugly Truth follows Abby (Katherine Heigl), a morning show producer who is forced into working with Mike (Gerard Butler) by her boss Stuart (Nick Searcy). She finds him utterly repulsive, while he finds her hot.

It highlights the typical differences between the sexes – females are complicated and males are simple.

Abby Richter (Kathrine Heigl) is the typical female lead, strong, independent, but lacking Mr Right. She also has the tendency to be overbearing, critical and slightly OCD. Heigl pulls off the role naturally, if she is not careful she will be type-cast. The next Julia Roberts perhaps?

Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler) is a real man’s man. He is brusque, references everything in a sexual way and definitely has that blokey feel to him. You think he is all talk and no think, but then you find his softer side, the side that makes females usually go “awwww”.

Butler is not the typical type of male actor for a rom-com, it gives the lead a change. Having come from 300 and RocknRolla, he adds a new feel, making the male lead more believable as he is the rugged man, not the pretty man. Although, fear not, you do get this in the form of Colin (Eric Winter), who Abby thinks is her Mr Right.

Butler fills this role perfectly, because he has the ability to be an ass, which is needed to make the part of Mike believable.

Adding a male perspective adds a new spin to the tried and true rom-com method, but this one is a bit on the weak side. If you are a fan of How to lose a guy in 10 days or 27 Dresses, then you will find appeal in this, but be warned it has some interesting parts, which may not be to everyone’s liking.

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