Movie Review: The Ugly Truth

Movie Review: The Ugly Truth

The Ugly Truth


Rated R for sexual content and language.
Running Time: 1 hour 41 minutes

The battle of the sexes heats up in Columbia Pictures’ comedy The Ugly Truth. Abby Richter is a romantically challenged morning show producer whose search for Mr. Perfect has left her hopelessly single. But, she’s in for a rude awakening when her bosses team her up with Mike Chadway. He’s a hardcore TV personality who promises to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick.

Of course when all is said and done, his clever ploys…
Lead to an unexpected result!

Not Your Average Romantic Comedy Flick

While The Ugly Truth falls into the category of romantic comedy, this is not your average run of the mill romantic comedy. Katherine Heigl plays the romantically challenged morning show producer Abby Richter.

This is an R rated movie for a reason.

Heigl, who also carries the title of Executive Producer for the flick, says she’s glad it’s an R rated romantic comedy. She goes on to say that many times romantic comedy scripts are watered down to avoid the R rating. In other words, they’re made light and fluffy to obtain a PG or PG-13 rating. Her observation certainly is accurate. With that in mind, Heigl and the writers of The Ugly Truth remained true to the title of the movie. Sometimes the truth is ugly! Sometimes words are said that cross the line from a PG-13 rating to an R rating. Heigl said she’s glad the filmmakers decided to keep an edgier tone to this romantic comedy.

With that in mind, we weren’t really sure just how edgy
The Ugly Truth would be.

There’s a big difference between edgy and raunchy. All too often when movies like this come out with an R rating, they simply don’t know where the edgy line stops and the raunchy line starts. While The Ugly Truth is far from a PG-13 rating and is well deserving of the R rating, we’re happy to report it stays in the edgy category and not raunchy category. I do enjoy a good joke, but I hate dirty jokes, potty-mouth and nudity, just for the sake of nudity. All too often filmmakers go after that lowest-common-denominator simply in search of the quick and easy joke. People may laugh, but they’re laughing more out of a sense of being uncomfortable than anything else.

Again, while we’re saying The Ugly Truth is edgy, we at the same time applaud them for working for their humor. If anything, this could be referred to as a smart romantic comedy because they intentionally stay away from the raunchy. While there is some nudity, it’s actually tamer in this area than some PG and PG-13 movies. The language is edgy, but it’s not over the top. While this might sound odd, the language was appropriate. While there are sex jokes and sexual references, again, they are not over the top in nature. All in all, for a rated R movie, it’s rather well balanced.

As for the story line, I have to say it’s somewhat predictable.

While we applaud the writers for not over-doing the content and working for their humor, the story line falls a little flat in the predictability area. It’s very obvious from the beginning of the movie that eventually Abby will discover her Mr. Perfect is actually Mike Chadway, who’s played by Gerard Butler. But, even after saying The Ugly Truth is predictable, there are a few surprises tossed in along the way as the pair discover they’re own identity journey.

Then, on top of the obvious romance side of the story line, there’s an interesting subplot about the current state of the news industry. Heigl’s character is an Emmy-award winning news producer who’s facing falling ratings. In the midst of looking for market share, her boss hires the rough-edged relationship counselor Mike Chadway. Sparks quickly fly between the two, but in the end, good does come from the pairing.

All in all, The Ugly Truth is a fun and funny movie.

While it’s Rated R for a reason, it’s not over-the-top sex fascinated humor. It’s refreshing to see a movie like this that provides lots of laughs, and few lessons along the way too. If you’re not careful, you just might learn a thing or two about relationships when all is said and done too.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.