Reviewed by: Misty Wagner
Lust in the Bible
What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer
Marriage in the Bible
Is formalized marriage becoming obsolete? Answer
Many people are convinced that traditional marriages don’t work and that this practice should be abandoned. What does the Bible say about marriage?
|Featuring||Gerard Butler, Katherine Heigl, Kevin Connolly, Bree Turner, Eric Winter, Nick Searcy, Jesse D. Goins, Cheryl Hines, John Michael Higgins, Noah Matthews, Bonnie Somerville, John Sloman, Yvette Nicole Brown, Nate Corddry, Allen Maldonado, Steve Little, Dan Callahan, Tess Parker, Arielle Vandenberg, Rocco DiSpirito, Valente Rodriguez, Jamison Yang, Blake Robbins, Austin Winsberg, Tom Virtue, Adam Harrington, J. Claude Deering, Alexis Krause, Craig Ferguson, Caleb De Oliveira, Jade Marx, Lenny Schmidt, Mimi Michaels, Donnie Smith, Kate Mulligan, Earl Carroll, Marc D. Wilson, Nathan Potter, Jeff Newburg, Ryan Surratt, Vicki Lewis, David Lowe, Yolanda Pecoraro, Brooke Stone, Stephanie Mace, Bob Morrisey|
|Director||Robert Luketic—“Legally Blonde,” “21,” “Monster-in-Law”|
|Producer||Lakeshore Entertainment, Relativity Media, Kimberly di Bonaventura, Andre Lamal, Gary Lucchesi, Deborah Jelin Newmyer, Eric Reid, Steven Reuther, Tom Rosenberg, Kirsten Smith|
Abby (Katherine Heigl) is the producer of a tanking morning show in Sacramento. Realizing the desperation in the show’s situation, Abby considers putting her personal life on hold again in order to brainstorm for solutions. Her associate producer, and seemingly best friend Joy (Bree Turner) talks her out of canceling the evening’s blind date, which turns out horribly because of Abby’s controlling and anal tendencies…
Mike (Gerard Butler) has his own cable show entitled “The Ugly Truth.” Offering up his own perverse perspective on things ranging from women, to men and the relationship between them—Mike successfully manages to offend viewers and then take their calls—only to insult and belittle them more.
When Abby’s manager decides to offer Mike a position in an effort to boost ratings and essentially save their morning show, Abby finds herself stuck between her integrity and what’s necessary to preserve her job.
I am finding it really difficult to sum up, in a nutshell, how completely offensive this movie is. I don’t always refrain from seeing the more inappropriately humored films, and my tastes are not prudish in any way. To say that the sexual references, discussions and descriptions in this movie are constant would be an understatement. Vulgarity runs rampant, giving little regard to any other focus.
The offensiveness doesn’t end there, however. The very basic storyline of this film is so stereotypical and shallow. The scantily clad women are shown as brainless and willing to be treated like meat, while the career-driven women are shown to carry faux self respect beneath their controlling and self-focused exteriors. Men are painted in a hopeless light where there couldn’t possibly be any sincerity in their actions, as every single thing they think or do is ultimately a manipulation for sex. Love and marriage are painted only as self-serving decisions, with no other possibilities, to be avoided. Even when “love” does come around, it isn’t anything other than lust driven emotional attachment.
Personally, I find these ideas most offensive.
The very idea that love is something only existing as a part of a checklist for women, while men only care about satisfying their own lusts and desires is cliché and overly done. It’s nothing new. This time around the jokes are edgier, and the delivery is just a bit more crass, but it’s a story we’ve all seen before. It’s shallow, it’s one dimensional and it’s predictable. Most people don’t buy tickets to see films of the romantic comedy genre to find depth or conviction, but that doesn’t mean the audience wants to be treated like brainless numbers either.
None of this is to say that viewers won’t laugh during the film, because parts of this movie are indeed very fun. Comedy, yes. Romantic, no. There isn’t anything sweet or charming about any aspect of this story. It is not a good date film, a good chick flick, or a good movie at all, for that matter.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
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