The Ugly Truth (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Sony || R - 96 minutes - $39.95 || November 10, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-12-04


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Robert Luketic
Writer(s): Nicole Eastman (story), Nicole Eastman and Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith (screenplay)
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler


Theatrical Release Date: July 24, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Select Scene Commentary
  • MovieIQ
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Endings
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Gag Reel
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (DTS-HD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

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.::THE FILM::.

1, 2... 3. See what I'm doing? It's called 'Paint by Numbers'. It's really fun and something I did when I was just a wee little lad. The Ugly Truth follows the same path. It's no surprise since almost every Romantic Comedies or 'Romedies' tend to follow the same formula of - Guy and Girl meet. One or both typically dislike each other. Something happens and they start spending time together. Eventually one, sometimes both, start to like each other. Then they kiss. Something happens and they get in a fight. Then they make up. End of film. Ugly Truth follows this formula almost perfectly while tossing in some very adult humor that may scare off its typically intended audience.

Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) produces a low-budget morning news show that is on the verge of being canceled. Trying to find a way to boost ratings, the new owners decide to bring in Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler); a local shock jock on public TV that gives advice to both men and woman on the way things are. Abby can't stand the way Mike does things and thinks he is ruining her once prized show and turning it into toilet humor. But when Mike offers her advice on her love life the two soon start to fall for each other.

Watching the film, I couldn't stop thinking how much I really despise Heigl. It's not that she's a bad actress (she's far from great), but just knowing how much of a bitch she is in real life really dampers the mood. I met her once (before she was famous for "Grey's Anatomy" or Knocked Up) and she was just so incredibly rude that I cheered when "Roswell" was canceled because that would hopefully mean her career would be over. Sadly, it's not and here I am watching her get an orgasm at a dinner party. Yes, you heard that right; she has a full-blown 'holy shit' orgasm with a dozen people surrounding her right in her vibrating panties. Most people might be turned on by this but it was like seeing little Reagan in The Exorcist puking up pea soup. It was that scary.

So, Heigl aside, how is the film? It gets a pretty big meh from me. I'm a fan of these 'Romedies' but this one just didn't click for me. I was surprised to see the film rated R (I didn't even know until half-way through when I checked the box after a few F-bombs were dropped), but the added 'sex' just wasn't all that interesting. Sure, Heigl having an orgasm at dinner was pretty American Pie-ish, but everything else just seemed tacked on (fuck this, fuck that, blow me). Gerald Butler did a great job playing a pig (interesting fact: his character is somewhat modeled after Adam Carolla's persona) but there was just no chemistry between him and Heigl.

With the film being rated R I can't imagine many people will want to watch this Romedy because of the nature of the film. Once the F-Bombs and blowjob jokes start, I can just see people clicking 'Eject' on their remote.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Robert Luketic and Gary Lucchesi (on Select Scenes)

MovieIQ (2.0) - This runs during the film and pops up with Trivia and various other facts (actors other movies etc.). Neat feature, but not something I'd ever use again. ** BD Exclusive **

Deleted & Alternate Scenes (16 Minutes) & Alternate Endings (5 Minutes) - Mostly stuff trimmed for time and the Alternate Ending's were pretty boring. I already forgot the current one and its only been one day!

The Truth is Ugly (13 Minutes) & A Making of Hilarious (16 Minutes) (*rolleyes*) - Ahhhhhhhhhh. Do I really need a feature to tell me how funny this movie was supposed to be? No, really, because that's exactly what it does. And than we get a Making Of. Joy.

Finally, a Gag Reel.

A Second Disc included a Digital Copy...because all moms have iPhones now! ** BD Exclusive **



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The Ugly Truth is presented in 2.40:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. An average transfer all around with Blacks not being that dark and a slight boost in contrast. While the film certainly does look nice I've seen much better efforts from Sony on other recent releases.

Sony has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. This is yet another film where everything is handled by the front speakers while rears are rarely used. Besides the baseball scene where Heigl goes down on Butler in front of millions... sigh you'll likely only hear a few noises from the rears.



.::OVERALL::.

The Ugly Truth just does not know where to go. Is it a Romedy? If so, are they gunning for young teenagers to watch or adults? Because any adult I know would turn this off as soon as the blowjob jokes start rolling in and teenagers just are not interested in this genre.