A romantically challenged morning show producer is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result.
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The Ugly Truth (14A) * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Love them or leave them. Cupid can play tricks on many unsuspecting folks. Relationships can also be problematic. Two grown ups trying to eke out a living almost come to blows in The Ugly Truth, a fun adult comedy from Columbia Pictures now stoking emotions at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), The Empire Oakridge Cinemas, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C.
Yes, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve all heard about bitchy relationships. Here we have your typical tale of a down on her luck lady trying to find love in all the wrong places. Abby seems to be consumed by her job at a Sacramento television station. Unlucky with love suits this ambitious career gal. Contrast her prudish demeanour to that of hip Mike, a shock talk jock whose specialty is delving into troubled love lives.
Sure, this idea has been done before. Chemistry radiates between leads Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up) and Gerald Butler (300). ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a case of the prim and proper Abby almost coming to blows with the tell it like it is Mike. Frank exchanges highlighting scores of sexual practices are really well executed. Nothing new is shown off here, but the sheer give and take between the two leads really rubs off not only on them but audiences too.
Just how true MikeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s musings are concerning the male and female programmed responses to heart exchanges is also smartly exposed by director Robert Luketic (21) who again proves deft at handling emotional matters.
Even some degree of change is revealed in this 101 minute tale that focuses on two decidedly opposite people who may grow and perhaps even begin to change their opinions in this laugh filled farce. Long ago I commented that Katherine Heigl has all the right stuff to be our timeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lucille Ball. Well, maybe sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not quite there yet but without question she is the hottest comedy actress around. And he man Butler dumbs it down a notch to step up to the plate in this male/female all star brawl that turns out to be a pretty good date flick too.
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