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The Ugly Truth Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Chick flick for people who hate chicks. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    If the movie had even a moment of freshness or wit, one honest laugh. It doesn't--and that's the ugly truth.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Despite its appealing stars, The Ugly Truth is a charmless romantic comedy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A romantic comedy depends, of course, on the chemistry between the leads, and here the film is more successful. Both Heigl and Butler find the appeal in very flawed characters.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The Ugly Truth isn't fizzy and fun -- it's vacuously snappy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Predictable romcom mixes racy content, sexist messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this R-rated comedy is much crasser than star Katherine Heigl's last romcom, 27 Dresses. It's heavy on sexual references and scenarios (Jell-O wrestling, vibrating underwear, etc.) and light on sweetness. The characters are stereotypes until the end, and most of the messages about dating and relationships are shallow and, frankly, sexist (i.e. women should play games and hide all traces of their true personality if they want to "land" a man). There's also lots of strong language, from swear words like "f--k" and "s--t" to body-part terms like "balls," "c--k," "p---y," and "tits."

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays dating and romance. Ask your teens whether this is what they think adult relationships are reallylike. Parents, take this opportunity to talk to teens about the danger of changing or hiding your real personality in order to attract someone.
  • Do the characters in the movie seem realistic, or are they exaggerated "types"? Why do so many romantic comedies have polar opposites falling in love? What's the attraction of that type of storyline? Is it believable?
  • Do movies make it seem like there's more difficulty communicatingbetween the genders than there really is? Are men and women really allthat different?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Although in the end the main characters learn that it's being yourself that matters, most of the movie revolves around sexist, stereotypical ideas of how a woman should act if she wants to "land" a man -- and how not to act if she doesn't want to scare them all away forever (it basically boils down to playing games and hiding all signs of your true personality...). Other choice bits of advice include never criticizing, laughing at all of a guy's jokes, being sexy but also aloof, etc.

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    Role models: Both male and female characters are very stereotypical: The successful businesswoman loses out on romance and is written as a brittle perfectionist who can’t find a boyfriend (even though she looks like Katherine Heigl...). Her counterpart is a boorish, sexist, noncommittal guy. Naturally, they both really have hearts of gold and manage to soften as the movie progresses, but the depiction of dating/relationships is still shallow and often cringe-inducing.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Abby almost falls out of a tree and needs rescuing; lots of verbal sparring, with some yelling.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Although the movie is more talk than action, there's a lot of talk, with frequent use of sexual/body part words and euphemisms like "balls," "p---y," "tits," "blow job," "funbags," etc. and frank discussions about sex and attraction. After discussing masturbation with a male co-worker, a woman dons vibrating underwear and has an orgasm during a business dinner. Two other women wrestle in a vat of Jell-O in bikinis. There's also a brief shot of partial nudity (a naked man is shown from the back from the waist down), plus some passionate kissing and one scene with implied sex (including lots of noises).

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent use of everything from "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and "c--k" to "crap," "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God," "bitch," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Pretty subtle placement of logos for a few products (BMW, for instance).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking (wine, mixed drinks), but the characters are all adults, and no one appears to overindulge.