Hollywood ran out of ideas a long time ago. It is why I always rate original ideas higher than non-original ideas. The Ugly Truth is another retread storyline. This time it is Cyrano de Bergerac.
Abby (Katherine Heigl) is the producer of a struggling morning show. To boost ratings, the station manager hires a “shock jock” from a public access channel – Mike (Gerard Butler). Mike speaks his mind about men, women, and relationships. Much of what he says is true (hence The Ugly Truth) it’s just shocking to hear out loud. Abby is convinced that Mike is wrong, so Abby bets Mike that she won’t get the “perfect man” by following Mike’s advice. He tells her what to say and do to land her neighbor, who hits every mark on her checklist (thus my comparison to Cyrano de Bergerac). Hilarity ensues.
The Ugly Truth was a bit crude at times, but more or less an amusing tale that’s been told before. There were some laugh out loud moments. Mike’s comments, while shocking, are not overly offensive. I hope I don’t spoil anything by telling you that Mike and Abby fall in love by the end of the film. One glossed over element – Abby is Mike’s boss and their budding romantic relationship would seem to violate every HR policy of every company.
The Ugly Truth isn’t an original tale, but I had some laughs. If you don’t like Katherine Heigl, you probably won’t like it, but otherwise it is fine, just nothing terrible exciting.
WWYT Rating: 6.5
IMDB Rating: 6.5