In Sacramento, Abby Richter, played by Katherine Heigl, produces a morning news show that’s about to be canceled. To boost ratings, her boss hires Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), a local cable call-in host of “The Ugly Truth,” a show which preaches that sex is the only glue in a relationship, men can’t change, and they only respond to a woman’s looks. Mike offends Abby’s sensibility, but she asks for his help in landing her new neighbor, Colin, a hunky doctor. Mike offers to help her reel in Colin if she’ll work with Mike on the show; she accepts the deal, ratings go up, and, with Mike’s help, so does Colin’s interest in her.
Rating: 3 out of 10
There are some really excellent romantic comedies in the world. This is not one of them. It follows formula we’ve seen in other movies, only then it was fresh. For instance, Heigl wears a wire while Mike follows her on her dates, telling her what to say and do as she screws it up. This was done charmingly in Steve Martin’s “Roxanne.” These are two people who can’t stand each other, with opposite personalities, who eventually fall for each other, similar to “When Harry Met Sally.” Heigl is not believable as the gal who works and can’t get a man. She’s one of the most beautiful women on the planet. This is a taffy-like stretch. Predictability could be palatable if the gags and jokes worked, but they didn’t. This movie is flat and a waste of time.