Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

The Ugly Truth about Heigl

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

The Ugly Truth about Heigl

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By Roger Moore

The Orlando Sentinel

For an actress trying to escape her Grey's Anatomy rut and carve out a movie career, Katherine Heigl has been awfully quick to dive into another rut, this one on the big screen.

Just three romantic comedies into her leading-lady status she's displayed a range that ventures from A as far as B, done two movies in which she's played TV producers and claimed that potty-mouthed-girl-next-door title all to herself.

What she hasn't done, not often enough anyway, is charm.

The Ugly Truth gives us Heigl as Abby, a lonely producer in Sacramento who collides with her struggling morning show's desperate new feature - a swarthy, crude and blunt advice-to-the-lovelorn caveman whose segments promise to tell "the ugly truth" about men and woman.

Gerard Butler is Mike, the boorish lout who tells women that "men are simple".

His advice?

"It's called a Stairmaster. Get on it!"

The obvious direction for this obvious Robert Luketic film (with script by Nicole Eastman, Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith) is to pair up the "misogynist's misogynist" with a boss who loathes him and let the sparks fly. …

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