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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

THE UGLY TRUTH

By D.E.Levine

Director: Robert Luketic
Assistant Director: Jon Mallard
Writers: Nicole Eastman, Karen McCullough Lutz and Kirsten Smith (screenplay)
Nicole Eastman (story)
Producers: Steven Reuther, Kimberly di Bonaventura, Deborah Jelin Newmyer, Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi
Executive Producers: Andre Lamal, Eric Reid, Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith, and Ryan Kavanaugh
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Eric Winter, John Michael Higgins, Bree Turner, Nick Searcy, Kevin Connolly, Cheryl Hines, Bonnie Somerville, Yvette Nicole Brown, Nate Corddry, Noah Matthews et al.
Original Music: Aaron Zigman
Running Time: 155 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Romance

This is a cute but totally predictable story. Female TV show producer is so organized that she can't snare a man, and is looking for him with a checklist and online dating.

Male commentator of The Ugly Truth tells men what they want to know about women and vice versa.

He starts to coach her so she can snare the man of her dreams (a doctor) and when she's successful she discovers she's actually in love with him.

Unfortunately, while Katherine Heigl plays her usual blond female role, Gerard Butler, who has already proven himself in dramatic parts is now being turned into a Clive Owens clone.

While there's nothing wrong with Butler's comedic portrayal, the part is really a waste of his talents and won't make him a heartthrob the way 300 Spartans did.

Overall, the film is 155 minutes of lightweight fun and froth that won't offend anyone but won't win any devotees either.