Here’s a funny setup for a movie: take a beautiful control-freak of a woman and make her producer of a morning show at a small TV station. Then take a scroungy but devilishly handsome guy and have him be the crude-talking cynical relationship expert who says it like he sees it, good or bad. Now, let’s make this funny by having her produce his show, even as she finds him a boor and hates what he stands for.
Okay, so I’m a guy who usually prefers a good action film to a romantic comedy anyway, but when I compare The Ugly Truth with the other romantic comedy being released this weekend, (500) Days of Summer (read my review), it’s quite a contrast. 500 Days is warm, sweet and engaging, with quirky but likable characters. Ugly is overrun with caricatures, crude language, and inane setups, by contrast, and is a far inferior movie.