The Ugly Truth

  • Directors: Robert Luketic
  • Producers: Katherine Heigl, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith, Tom Rosenberg
  • Writers: Story, Nicole Eastman, Screenplay, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith, Nicole Eastman
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler

Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a morning show TV producer in Sacramento, California. Coming home from a disastrous date one night, she happens to see a segment of a local television show, “The Ugly Truth”, run by Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), whose cynicism about relationships prompts Abby to call into the show to argue with him on-air. The next day, she discovers that the station is threatening to cancel her show because of its poor ratings, and the station owner has hired Mike to do a segment on her show to bring them back up.

At first, the two have a rocky relationship; Abby thinks Mike is crass and disgusting while Mike finds Abby to be a control freak. Nevertheless, when she meets the man of her dreams, a doctor named Colin (Eric Winter) living next to her, Mike persuades her to follow his lead. She agrees to his helpful advice and if he can get her the man she wants, proving his theories on relationships, she will work happily with him, but if Mike fails, he agrees to quit.[2]

Mike succeeds in improving the ratings of the show, helps bring the married co-anchors closer together, and successfully guides Abby to be exactly what Colin would want. Mike is invited to appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and is being offered the chance to move to another network. Abby is forced to cancel a romantic weekend away with Colin, during which they had planned to finally sleep together, and instead go with Mike and persuade him to stay with the morning show. After the show, they go for drinks and dancing, and Mike admits he doesn’t want to move and is happier to stay in Sacramento with his sister and nephew. In the elevator, they passionately kiss and almost get to the point of intense sex but leave for their separate rooms when the doors open. Mike, dealing with his inner conflict of the intensity of his feelings for Abby, calls on her room only to find Colin has shown up to surprise her. He leaves Abby to be with Colin. Abby is upset and soon realizes Colin only likes the woman she has been pretending to be, not the real her, and she breaks up with him.

Mike leaves for another local station, but ends up doing an outside broadcast at the same hot-air balloon festival as Abby, and he cannot resist returning to argue with her when she kicks the new “Mike Chadway” imitator off the air and goes into a tirade about men. The balloon they are standing in takes off while they argue and finally, Abby tells Mike she broke up with Colin, and Mike admits he loves her. Abby then kisses him and they are shown kissing passionately while flying off in the balloon. Despite their obvious differences, they stay together and at the end of the movie, are shown having intense sex. Mike, unsure of whether he’s taught Abby how to fake too well, asks if her response at climax was genuine after the lights are switched on. Abby responds by smiling and saying he’ll never know before shutting off the lights again.

The House Bunny

  • Directors: Fred Wolf
  • Producers: Allen Covert, Anna Faris, Jack Giarraputo, Kirsten Smith, Karen McCullah Lutz
  • Writers: Kirsten Smith, Karen McCullah Lutz
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Katharine McPhee, Hugh Hefner, Christopher McDonald, Beverly D Angelo, Tyson Ritter

Shelley Darlington (Anna Faris) is a Playboy Playmate living the life of luxury in the Playboy Mansion. The day after her twenty-seventh birthday, she awakes to find a note, seemingly from Hugh Hefner, asking her to pack up and leave because she is too old to be a Bunny now. Depressed, Shelley sets out on the road looking for a new life. She happens upon girls who remind her of herself: beautiful and fun. She follows them and sees that they live in luxury too. She tells them of her situation and asks to join them, not knowing that they are members of the Phi Iota Mu sorority; she is rejected by the snobbish Phis because she is not a student. She then sees there are older ladies called “house mothers” who live with the sorority sisters and watch over them, but after asking them to join, she is rejected again and told to inquire with the Zeta Alpha Zeta sorority, a house of misfit girls who long to be accepted. During her time spent with “The Zetas”, Shelley advises the girls on how to make themselves more appealing and in particular becomes close with the shy virgin Natalie (Emma Stone) and meets an intellectual, altruistic guy named Oliver (Colin Hanks); although she can teach everyone else how to flirt, her attempts at doing so with Oliver blow up in her face. Meanwhile, the Zeta girls become more popular on campus, until finally realizing that they completely changed themselves just to please other people.

10 Things I Hate About You

  • Directors: Gil Junger
  • Producers: Andrew Lazar
  • Writers: Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Larisa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon Levitt, David Krumholtz, Andrew Keegan, Larry Miller

Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the new kid at Padua High School, is given a tour of the school by Michael Eckman (David Krumholtz), who is an audio-visual geek and former leader of a clique of future MBAs. Michael provides Cameron with information on the school’s various cliques. During the tour, Cameron spots the beautiful and popular Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) and is immediately smitten with her. Michael warns that Bianca is shallow, conceited, and worst of all, not allowed to date. Michael does, however, inform Cameron that Bianca is looking for a French tutor.

At the Stratford residence, Bianca’s outcast older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) receives a letter of acceptance to Sarah Lawrence College. Her protective father, Walter (Larry Miller), is distraught by the news, as he wants Kat to attend college nearby. Kat distracts her father by revealing that Bianca was given a ride home from school by Joey Donner (Andrew Keegan). Bianca begs her father to allow her to date, but to no avail. Kat’s aversion to dating prompts the father to come up with a new rule: Bianca can only date if Kat is dating.

Cameron starts tutoring Bianca, and she informs him of her father’s rule after Cameron makes many failed attempts to ask her out. This news motivates Cameron and Michael to set out to find a boy who is willing to date Kat.

The next morning, Bianca thanks Kat for going to prom and the sisters make up. Kat’s father allows her to go to Sarah Lawrence. At school, Kat reads a poem which she wrote for English class, titled “10 Things I Hate About You” (written about Patrick). While reading the poem, she reveals (in front of the entire class) how hurt she was by what Patrick did and how much she really cares about him (“But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all”). Patrick is shown to be touched by her revelation. In the parking lot, Kat finds a guitar Patrick bought her with the money Joey paid him, and he admits that he messed up their deal by falling for her. Kat forgives Patrick and the two kiss and make up.

Bride Wars

  • Directors: Gary Winick
  • Producers: Kate Hudson, Matt Luber, Alan Riche, Peter Riche, Julie Yorn
  • Writers: Greg DePaul, June Raphael, Casey Wilson, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen, Chris Pratt, Bryan Greenberg, Steve Howey, Kristen Johnston

Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) are best friends who have planned every detail of their weddings since childhood. At the top of their bridal “must have” list: a ceremony at New York’s ultimate bridal destination, the Plaza Hotel. Now, at age 26, they’re both about to get married, they’re about to realize their dreams, and they’re about to live happily ever after. Or maybe not. When a clerical error causes a clash in wedding dates–they’re now to be married on the same day!–Liv, Emma and their lifelong friendship are put to the ultimate test. Liv, a successful lawyer who is used to getting what she wants, including the perfect job and the perfect man, won’t settle for anything less than the perfect wedding she has dreamed of for years. Emma, a schoolteacher who has always been good at taking care of others, but not so much in looking after herself, discovers her inner Bridezilla and comes out swinging when her own dream wedding is imperiled. Now, the two best friends who’d do anything for each other find themselves in a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners struggle that threatens to erupt into all-out war. The girls both attempt to “sabotage” the other’s wedding, including Liv making Emma’s tan go bright red, and Emma sending Liv a “treat” of chocolate cookies in order to make her fat,so she can’t fit inside her dress, showing up at one’s bachelorette party and dancing suggestively with male strippers, dying one’s hair blue, which ends up ruining their relationship. These shenanigans go on, then when the wedding day comes, Liv earlier gave her assistant a DVD of Emma dancing drunkenly during a Spring Break bash, but gave him the original DVD and told him to change it back, because she was finished with the fighting. He ends up ignoring her request saying, “You’ll thank me one day.” The DVD shows up at Emma’s wedding as she walks down the aisle, making Emma angrily storm into Liv’s wedding and tackle Liv. Liv bursts into tears and apologizes for ruining Emma’s big day. Emma’s boyfriend announces that Emma isn’t the girl he thought he was marrying. Emma then tells him that he is in love with the Emma he met 10 years ago, not the Emma that she is now. She realizes that the guy she was going to marry isn’t the right guy for her, and calls off the wedding. They share a hug as she takes off the ring, and he walks out of the hall. Emma and Liv make up and the wedding is restarted, this time having Emma give away Liv. During the wedding dance after Liv gets married, Emma is asked to dance by Nate (Bryan Greenberg), Liv’s brother, and the two hit it off. As the film ends, Liv and Emma catch up about a year later: Emma is now married to Nate and the past is forgotten. Both ladies announce that they are pregnant, and they learn that both babies are due on the same day. This time instead of arguing, both women rejoice at being parents for the first time.