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Review: The Ugly Truth

Not so much ugly as bland
By TOM MEEK  |  July 22, 2009
2.0 2.0 Stars


The biting revelation promised by the title of Robert Luketic's fluff never bares its teeth. Rather, the film gums out a typical rom-com where opposites attract. On one end we have Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), a dick-swinging cable-talk-show host who offers "reality check" relationship advice to women.

One caller who can't land a date is told to get on the Stairmaster; another is branded a dog. But when Mike moves to a Sacramento news station, he meets his match in his new producer, Abbey (Katherine Heigl), who's revolted by his very existence.

Butler, in a role based on "Bad Boys Finish First" icon Steve Santagati, has a tough slog. Heigl, on the other hand, has honed her sexy naïveté. She even delivers a dinner-table-orgasm scene worthy of Meg Ryan. Too bad it's wasted on this jerk-off.

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