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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Eric Winter, John Michael Higgins, Nick Searcy, Kevin Connolly, Cheryl Hines
Director: Robert Luketic
Rating: NC-16 (Brief Nudity and Some Sexual References)
Year Made: 2009




- Select scenes commentary with Director Robert Luketic and Producer Gary Lucchesi
- Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Alternate Endings
- Gag Reel
- The Truth Is Ugly: Capturing the Male & Female Point of View
- The Art of Laughter: A Making of Hilarious Proportions
- Trailers



Languages: English/Thai/
Subtitles: English/Thai/Chinese/
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment




Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler star in this wildly funny battle of the sexes. Abby (Heigl), a successful morning show producer, is looking for a lot in a man. Mike (Butler), 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.


If you are easily offended by words like 'cock', 'pussy' and phrase liked 'flick the bean' (watch the movie if you must know), I guess you are best to avoid this because watching "The Ugly Truth" is akin to flipping through a copy of Modern Day Dictionary of Coarse Language if there’s ever one published.

Rising TV star Katherine Heigl (from Grey’s Anatomy) pairs up with Gerald '300' Butler in this Robert Luketic’s movie about a classy TV producer, Abby Richter (Heigl) who has to work together with a crass but highly rated public access TV host, Mike Chadway (Butler) on a show called "The Ugly Truth" to pull in the network’s flagging ratings. Abby is the perfect single career woman, ultimate control freak and will even resort to doing background checks on her dates while Mike is the new-age love guru who openly dispense advices on dating and sexual matters in the honest yet crudest way ever. When Abby meets her dream partner, Colin, an orthopedic doctor and conveniently her neighbour, Mike offers to help her 'nab' her man from restyling her hair to her clothings to her controlling behaviour and what else? You already knew the ending.

According to Mike Chadway, the sex-love-guru, men is not interested in women’s problems, they only pretend to care and listen. Two, men is only interested in tits and asses. Three, men likes something to grab on for example longer tresses other than ass. You learn more about the male species than you will ever learnt from your mum/BFF in this 96 minutes movie. That is, if all the above facts are true (I can’t speak on behalf of all the men in this planet). Written by three ladies (scriptwriters), "The Ugly Truth" paints a rather ugly side of men and pathetically tries to squeeze every single verbal gag out of it and yes there’s Heigl doing an updated version of Meg Ryan in a crowded restaurant.

Unfortunately despite the amount of vulgarities, "The Ugly Truth" offers no huge surprises for a rom-com unless you consider the R-rated-Apatow’s humour as one. I was hoping the Colin character will turn out to be gay as he’s far too perfect for a man (Oh mine, I’m turning into a man which Mike’s envisioned) but sadly no. I was thinking that Chadway has a far more interesting backstory to tell prior to his stint as a raunchy TV host but yet again no. Thus we are left with Katherine Heigl and Gerald Butler’s constant grating which I have no qualms about as Butler has no doubt once again cemented his bad-boy image and Heigl in my opinion is the newly crowned Queen of chick flicks.

Although "The Ugly Truth" is not your usual saccharin of romance comedy, it does has moments of fun between the leads, bawdy humour to keep the pace going and the potential to stretch further given the attention-grabbing material but sadly Hollywood being Hollywood tends to revert to the same old formula. Come on, what do you expect? It’s The Ugly Truth.


Select scenes commentary with Director Robert Luketic and Producer Gary Lucchesi
– Instead of a full commentary track, we have some brief comments from the director and producer for the pre-selected 10 scenes from the movie. A good move for the casual viewer I should say.

Deleted & Extended Scenes – There are altogether 6 deleted and extended scenes which run a total of 16 minutes, nothing particularly funny except for the extended sequence which involves Abby’s blind date with the Kevin Connolly character.

Alternate Endings – Seem like the filmmakers can’t decide which ending to go for so they shot 3 in the end thus you can get to see the other 2 which are not selected for the final cut here.

Gag Reel – A not-so-funny 10 minutes gag reel.

The Truth Is Ugly: Capturing the Male & Female Point of View – Running a total of 12 minutes, the cast and crew talks about male and female species and the ugly truth of it. Purely PR stuff that gets bored after a minute.

The Art of Laughter: A Making of Hilarious Proportions – What we have here is 15 minutes of the cast and crew talking about their characters, how enjoyable it was to come to set etc. Not to sound mean but isn’t it a bit hypocrite to talk about 'it’s the best set ever' to be in all the time. Are you telling us it was not a harmony happy set in your previous movies?

Trailers from Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Julie & Julia, Angels & Demons and Year One round up the disc extras.


The visual of the DVD is filled with natural tones, strong colors and stunning details which fit perfectly for the look of a rom-com. The audio comes with Dolby Digital 5.1 which never gets utilized much except for some mundane atmospheric sound effects during the ball game, in the office environment, dance hall etc. As for the dialogue sequences, if you must know, are pitch-perfect.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 4 January 2010


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