Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Ugly Truth

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So you've been waiting to see The Ugly Truth since you heard that 300 frontman Gerard Butler would put the moves on Katherine Heigl from Grey's Anatomy? Go ahead. I won't stop you.

I know your type: you're in love with romantic comedies and snide dialogue, and you can stand the occasional dirty joke. You'll get exactly what you wanted. Screenwriters Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullough shared screenplay duties on Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The House Bunny, after all, and they execute a similar formula again to near-perfection.

But be prepared for more than the usual dose of hits below the belt. Heigl's control-freak character performs a close-up inspection of a prospective date's most intimate parts before they're properly introduced. A remote-control vibrator scene in a crowded restaurant smacks of When Harry Met Sally on speed. And hey, why not throw in a lengthy sequence of four-letter words, just to show that little miss prude can party, too?

The Ugly Truth feels like The 40-year Old Virgin on estrogen, or like The Hangover without the violence. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- there are plenty of belly laughs to be had at Heigl's expense, and the movie ends on a visually stunning note among the clouds. Just don't expect this film to break any new ground. And leave the kids at home.

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