Friday, June 4, 2010
The Ugly Truth. D
I don't know what kind of truth you want to call it-ugly, honest, disappointing, expected, but the truth about this romantic comedy is that it's consistently unfunny and depressingly repugnant. 'The Ugly Truth' was released during one of the hottest times of the year in 2009. It was meant to be one of the premiere Summer romantic comedies. I really hope the majority of its audience were as disappointed with it as I was. If not, then these abysmal rom-coms will continue to be rolled out by the studios. Katherine Heigl, the movie's female lead, definitely has appeal, but she hasn't yet developed into a truly likable star. And Gerard Butler's career has gone so far off track that we now expect him to make these silly movies. Take a look at what he's done since 'The Ugly Truth': 'Gamer,' 'Law Abiding Citizen,' and 'The Bounty Hunter' (I'm excluding 'How to Train Your Dragon' since Butler only lend his voice for it). Now I'm pretty sure this guy can act, but its been so long since he's done something remotely decent, that I can barely tell anymore. One problem I had with the movie was the way Butler's character seemed so certain about the way women are seen in the eyes of men. He seems so certain and convinced, but it's so clear his views are fallacious. The entire movie was a mess in the way the plot moved around, and the ending was unexpectedly formulaic. I actually thought that there was no way these two characters could end up together. The fact that they do is a testament to the film's inconceivable script.