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Issue: Spring, 2009

The Ugly Truth (2009) movie review

Pygmalion's Promise


Sacramento-based Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a highly-competent news producer who is facing declining ratings. She is has a checklist for the perfect man.

It's just a matter of looking chaos in the eye and telling it to F off.

One night after a dismal date, her cat gets control of the remote and introduces her to Mike Chadway. Chadway has made a career of presenting the ugly truth. Next morning she discovers that he has been hired as a guest commentator on her programme.

Men are simple. They can't be trained.

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Movie poster, The Ugly Truth

Abby and Mike have a profound disagreement about what is real and possible in relationships. Together they face the challenge of getting Abby together with her new neighbour -- a doctor who seems to have all the points on the checklist. It's makeover time with Mike as Pygmalion/Professor Higgins.

Don't listen to what I say on my show.

The Ugly Truth is a combination of My Fair Lady , Roxanne and Ask Any Girl. The hunt for true love with the person of one's list continues across the decades and the question remains, what are you willing to do, and what are you willing to change, to find the one.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 6 Aug 2009
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Title: The Ugly Truth (2009)
Written by: Nicole Eastman (screenplay, story) and Karen McCullah Lutz (screenplay) & Kirsten Smith (screenplay)
Directed by: Robert Luketic
Running time: 96 mins
Rating: MA

The Players: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner, Judy Greer,

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