The Ugly Truth

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In case you don’t have a television, The Ugly Truth is a movie starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl that proposes to reveal “the ugly truth” behind the gender differences, namely, that women think with their head (or heart) and that men think with their nuts.

Now, currently, it’s got a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes–only four percent higher than Deuce Bigalow: European Gigalo (and ten percent lower than the original Deuce Bigalow), but statistics only tell part of the story.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from reviews of The Ugly Truth.

Lou Limerick from the New York Post says:

Romantic comedies are an increasingly debased genre, but few recent Hollywood products have been anywhere near as crass and contrived as “The Ugly Truth.”

Later, of Butler’s performance, he says that he

spends much of the movie struggling to disguise his Scottish brogue under one of Mel Gibson’s old American accents.

Which I thought was good. Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com says

But until that final, inevitable kiss, we have to listen to them, and the clatter of their crude, brainless exchanges is unbearable.

Rafer Guzman for Newsday says:

The film’s central romance flips and flops like a dying fish.

A lot of reviews make jokes about the title. They begin by saying “The ugly truth…” and end with some of the following:

is that Gerard Butler’s fingers-across-the-blackboard performance makes The Ugly Truth painful to endure.

about this film is that it’s all artifice and very little amusement.

is ugly, yes; funny, no.

is this movie is horrible.

Marshall Fine, though, perhaps sums it up:

It’s tempting to make a joke based on the title of The Ugly Truth. But that would require investing this review with more actual wit than the entire film contains.


Written by Greg Karber

July 25, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Posted in Ramble

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