Monday, August 10, 2009

Rover Film Review: The Ugly Truth

Film Review: The Ugly Truth (Rated R for sexual content and language.)

Cast: Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up), Gerard Butler (300).
Director: Robert Luketic (Legally Blond, Monster-In-Law, 21)

Rotten Tomatoes: 16%

The Ugly Truth purports to showcase 'the ugly truth' of relationships and love, mainly sex. And in this, the film rivals a Judd Apatow flick - full of sexual references and crude humour (an interesting move for Katherine Heigl after her remarks regarding Apatow's raunchy Knocked Up).

In pursuing a romantic comedy angle and populating this 96 minute long film with sexual innuendo galore, the film strives to follow in Apatow's steps, but falls well short - lacking in humor, morality, and, frankly, story.

For example, Gerard Butler's Mike is portrayed as a likable-everyman rogue, who - used and deserted by women in the past - turns to becoming a crass womanizer himself. But, by the end, the audience is supposed to accept his complete devotion to someone who embodies all the qualities he rails against for the first sixty minutes, all while suddenly being likable because he cares for his nephew.

My second biggest peeve, besides the overall unlikeableness of the film, is the portrayal of the perfect man 'Colin'. Yes, he is imbued with qualities to make any lady swoon, but by the end, he is seen as shallow and like, Mike (and Heigl's Abby) obsessed with sex. Is this what relationships are about in Hollywood? Sex?

The Ugly Truth ends up fulfilling half its title, being quite 'ugly' - lacking in many qualities which would make this film watchable. The complete lack of moral integrity shown in the film, similarly epitomizes a view of culture and society that is becoming all too common in the media today.


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