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:: The Ugly Truth

The Ugly Truth is both hilarious and cringe-worthy in equal parts. And, strangely, it peaks at its very centre, while the intro and ending are less strong. Nonetheless, if you are a devoted chick-flick fan (like I am), then you will still come out of the theatre with a post-coitus-like glow. The film stars Katherine Heigl, best known for her role in US drama Grey’s Anatomy and the film “Knocked Up”, as its heroine. Heigl seems to have taken over the mantle from Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker and co. momentarily. Although, I’m not sure she has the same charisma of any of the former – she’s a little stiffer and more aloof (almost bored-looking), though she’s still likeable enough.

The premise of the film revolves around Heigl as a romantically-challenged TV morning show producer, whose search for Mr. Perfect (and slight neuroticism) has left her hopelessly single. When her show suffers a ratings slump, her boss brings in a new special correspondent for the show (Gerard Butler), who in his chauvinistic, “shock jock” style helps to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick. Meanwhile, Heigl is also made to a trial an array of romantic exploits by the pig-headed morning show presenter as a way to prove whose romantic methods are more accurate.

There are some really hilarious scenes in this film, including Heigl donning a pair of vibrating knickers to a corporate dinner and a date with a gorgeous doctor (Eric Winter) at a baseball game, in which Butler gives advice to her in an earpiece. Both scenes end in red faces. Plus, the film also provides an in-your-face sexist look at the differences between men and women, which can be a little hard to stomach, even if it has more than a grain of truth in it. (Butler’s penchant for slapping Heigl on the bottom borders on sexual harassment though.)

Despite some predictable moments, this is a largely feel-good film. And, puffy-cheeked Butler – in all his Russell Crowe-esque ruggedness – is extremely likeable, even if he doesn’t have the classic good looks we expect of leading men. Winter, as Heigl’s date, is also undoubtedly swoon-worthy – and many a girl will likely be happy to see the film just for him.