488. The Ugly Truth

Background info

488-the-ugly-truthTitle: The Ugly Truth
Director: Robert Luketic
Year: 2009
Run time: 1hr 36m

“Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler star in this wildly funny battle of the sexes. Abby, a successful morning show producer, is looking for a lot in a man. Mike, her obnoxious TV star, knows men only want one thing. Determined to prove that she’s not romantically challenged, Abby takes Mike’s advice during a promising new romance, but the unexpected results will stun everyone.”

Live blog

2:44 – I don’t believe that thing about the weathermen.
7:55 – Talking points! That’s not terrifying at all,
12:24 – It’s definitely new to have your first conversation by the medium of TV.
14:30 – He’s hideous, but at least he’s not the sports commentator this time.
18:20 – How does he not care what people think? That’s amazing.
21:29 – That’s an excellent cupboard to hide in.
26:04 – She was actually doing a jig!
31:48 – Skewed perception versus imagination. Interesting.
38:56 – “A ponytail implies you are operating heavy machinery.” Ha.
42:11 – I need Butler to follow me around and tell me what to do. Amazing.
50:35 – Aww, Sprint on her cell phone. Dated!
57:08 – California is so pretty!
1:01:38 – “Here’s to overturning assumptions.”
1:05:31 – Irish Craig Ferguson 🙂
1:09:11 – This is the SECOND FILM where Gerard has turned down an amazing job offer for a kid. And this one isn’t even his kid.
1:21:40 – I don’t understand that hair.
1:23:08 – I hate that thing where one person keeps the name so they go and do it under a different name somewhere else. There needs to be a word for that.

Conclusions

I have warmed to the romantic comedy genre across the course of this Film Watch experiment, but I don’t think I would have gone near this one if it wasn’t for Friends With Benefits. Heigl isn’t my favourite either.

There are so many conflicting feelings to be had about this movie. It’s inherently sexist given the premise, but on both sides and completely openly, so you sort of know what you’re signing up for. It’s annoying, pretty much everything he says, but it does all unravel in the end, I guess. He’s irritating, but also right, and kinda fun too.

I don’t know how to feel about it, except it was kinda fun, and certainly the best thing I’ve seen her in.

Rating: 2/5.

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