I’ve only ever watched this film one other time, years ago. I remember enjoying it. I didn’t think it was anything special. I think I was going through a Gerard Butler phase, honestly.
I picked this film because, from what I could remember of it, I knew it had not aged well. So, let’s get into it.
For those that don’t know, The Ugly Truth is a film about an uptight television news producer and a misogynistic playboy television personality, and how they each navigate their love lives. Katherine Heigl plays Abby, the tv producer, and Gerard Butler plays Mike Chadway, the tv personality. Both characters are absolutely unbearable. Heigl’s character is no different than any of her other characters in other films. And, Butler’s character you just want to punch in the crotch.
It is baffling to me that this film was written by three women. Worse, it was written by two of the women who wrote Legally Blonde and She’s the Man, both of which are great films. How this movie came out of these women is beyond me. The writing falls so flat. I don’t know what kind of message this film is even trying to deliver. There’s a bunch of negative talk about women in power that’s never brought up again. There’s slut shaming, on both the male and female sides, and there are no redeeming qualities about any of the characters.
I hated this film upon rewatching it. I absolutely hated it. I hated myself while I was watching it. If I never watch this film again, I will die happy.