The Ugly Truth

Lakeshore Entertainment & Relativity Media Released 2009




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Robert Luketic

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.


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The Ugly Truth is an arch, contrived, entirely predictable romantic comedy assembled with sufficient audience-friendly elements to put it over as both a good girls' night attractio...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The comedy bogs down in relentless predictability and the puzzling overuse of naughty words.

  • 20

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    A cynical, clumsy, aptly titled attempt to cross the female-oriented romantic comedy with the male-oriented gross-out comedy that is interesting on several levels, none having to d...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof:The balloon festival is given to be in or near Sacramento. Sacramento law prohibits hot air balloons from flying around the city due to a fire hazard. It is one of a few cities in the world to have this law. The festival actually takes place in Temecula, over 450 miles to the south of Sacramento.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Mike Chadway: Rule #4: Never talk about your problems 'cause men don't really listen or care.
      Abby Richter: Some men care!
      Mike Chadway: No, some men pretend to care. When we ask how you're doing, it's just guy code for "let me stick my dick in your ass".
      Abby Richter: OOH!
      Mike Chadway: Oh, I know you think Colin is above it all, but trust me, he's a guy. If he's even remotely into you he's probably thought about each one of your orifices at least ten times.

    • Mike Chadway: (about Colin) I'm going to make this guy your bitch.
      Abby Richter: I don't want a bitch.

    • Abby Richter: I love how you think every man is as perverse as you are.
      Mike Chadway: Oh, I don't think. I know.

    • Abby Richter: I am not desperate! (pause) Why, did you think I sounded desperate?
      Mike Chadway: Listen to you. Desperately asking me if you sounded desperate?

    • (Abby is on a date with Colin. Mike is relaying instructions to her via an earpiece)
      Colin: I'm used to women I can figure out in five seconds, but I can't do that with you.
      Mike Chadway: (to Abby via earpiece) He's an idiot. I figured you out in two. Now tell him good night and stick your tits out, we're going to give this one last shot.

    • Abby Richter: (gushing about Colin) He's such a great guy, right?
      Mike Chadway: (sarcastically) Yeah, he's dreamy.
      Abby Richter: Yeah, and he fits all 10 of the criteria on my checklist.
      Mike Chadway: Right, though weren't items 1 through 9 something to do with him pretty much being gay?

    • Abby Richter: (closes the door on Colin after Mike told her to keep the conversation under a minute) What now?
      Mike Chadway: OK, that's good. Now, just let him suffer.
      Abby Richter: OK (gestures towards the door) Suffer! Suffer!

    • Mike Chadway: (to Abby, on how to attract Colin) You have to be two people. The saint and the sinner. The librarian and the stripper.

    • Mike Chadway: Now, we have to teach you flirting.
      Abby Richter: I know how to flirt.
      Mike Chadway: You know how to flirt. "Oh, my name's Abby and I love reading Tolstoy. I also love cats, gardening, and romantic picnics." I don't think so.
      Abby Richter: (grabs Mike's ass, imitating his voice) Hey baby, you wearing any underwear?
      Mike Chadway: Hey, you know what? I wouldn't say that, and I wouldn't grab ass.
      Abby Richter: (still imitating him) What's wrong with a little ass grabbing, I mean what's it there for if not for me to grab it?
      (Mike feigns a groan)
      Abby Richter: You're just a set of orifices, and a pair of tee-ta's.
      (She squeezes Mike's ass tightly which makes him jokingly wince in pain)
      Mike Chadway: And you are a deeply, deeply disturbed person.
      Abby Richter: (normal voice) Hmm, maybe I'm just a really good student.
      (Runs her hand down his chest and upper body)
      Mike Chadway: Would you stop doing that?
      Abby Richter: Doing what?
      (Still running her finger up and down his body)
      Mike Chadway: Running your finger down... there... over me.
      Abby Richter: Why, is it turning you on?
      Mike Chadway: (forces a laugh as if to say "yeah right") Maybe.
      Abby Richter: (seductively) It's weird, I think I kinda like it.
      Mike Chadway: Really?
      Abby Richter: (leaning in, her face almost touching his) Sucker.
      Mike Chadway: (annoyed) I knew it. Okay, no teaching the teacher.

    • Mike Chadway: I want to thank you for getting me this gig, I would never have gotten it without you. You and I? We make good TV.
      Abby Richter: YOU make imbecillic trash watched by house-bound inbreds who are so busy with their hands down their pants they can't change the remote.
      Mike Chadway: I, I hadn't really been picturing you that way, but it's a nice image.
      Abby Richter: I do not watch your program. My cat stepped on the remote.
      Mike Chadway: Well, you want to thank your pussy for me, then?

    • Mike Chadway: Rule #3, men are very visual. We have to change your look.
      Abby Richter: What's wrong with my look?
      Mike Chadway: (from red band clip) Abby, you're a very attractive woman, but you're completely inaccessible. You're all about comfort and efficiency!
      Abby Richter: What's wrong with comfort and efficiency?
      Mike Chadway: Well nothing, except no one wants to fuck it.

  • NOTES (3)


More Info About This Movie


Comedy, Drama


Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy