The Truth About Love

April 21, 2005 0 By Fans
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As part of a drunken bet with her sister, a happily married woman sends an anonymous Valentine's card to her husband to see if he hides it…

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.3/10 (2,181 voted)

John Hay

Stars: Dougray Scott, Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Christian

As part of a drunken bet with her sister, a happily married woman sends an anonymous Valentine's card to her husband to see if he hides it. When he does, what was a prank leads to a series of events and revelations that puts her marriage at risk, and leaves her looking for revenge.

Writers: William Johnston, Peter Bloore


Dougray Scott

Archie Gray

Jennifer Love Hewitt

Alice Holbrook

David Christian

Suppository Man

Freddie Waters

Fidgety Teenager

Jimi Mistry

Sam Holbrook

Kate Miles


Tracy O'Flaherty

Promotions Woman

Tom Boyd


(as Thomas S.W. Boyd)

Elise Rayner

TV News Reporter

Frances Valeydon-Pillay

Beauty Therapist

Karl Howman

Cliff Sharpe

Simon Webbe

Dan Harlow

Marc Danbury

Supporter #1

Kirris Riviere

Supporter #2

(as Kirris J. Riviere)

Jason Speake

Supporter #3

How far would you go to test your man? How far would you go to keep him?

Release Date: 21 April 2005

Filming Locations: Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol, England, UK

Technical Specs



Crew or equipment visible:
Outside the courtroom, a crewmember on the right-hand side of the screen next to a lamppost wearing a large greenish-brown jacket is visible, ushering the extras to their marks.


Alice Holbrook:
Anonymous never thinks. She does.

User Review

A young married girl realizes just how unhappy her marriage is when confronted with her husbands infidelity, the true meaning of love, and her own growing sexual identity.

Rating: 7/10

This is not a bad film. Let me start by stating that. It is also not a
great film. Like all films involving Jennifer Love Hewitt most viewers
are going to rate this picture entirely upon his or her opinion of the
young actress. For reason I have never entirely understood, this
brunette seems polarizing to people.

The film clearly is a vehicle for the actress. But it is not her
performance that drives the picture. This is a genuinely intelligent
film about sex, fidelity, and the strange way that love itself often
gets lost in people's best efforts to supposedly find love.

Jennifer Love Hewitt plays Alice Holbrook, a young nurse who discovers
that her husband is either cheating on her or is attempting to play
games with her in order to spice up their sex life. Desperate for a
change, and eager to believe the best about her husband, Hewitt engages
in several attempts to learn the truth, and to entice her husband

Like a bad episode of Three's Company, this film uses every trick in
the book to keep all of its characters colliding in silly scenarios.
Hewitt disguises herself, her voice, people mistake each others cell
phones, etc. All of this wears thin. Yet, the innocence of Hewitt's
character keeps the viewer in a forgiving mood.

The cheap, predictable, and goofy plot twists are not executed in the
film very well at all. There is a strange side plot involving the trial
of a soccer player that makes no sense.

The comedy part of this rom-com is lacking. This is why the film does
not approach greatness.

But apart from the antics, this film has its moments. The dilemma that
Alice faces is all too real for young girls. And her attempt to keep
her cheating husband at the cost of her own pride is also true to form.
Most women, when faced with keeping a broken love or their own pride,
choose broken love. At least for awhile.

Of course, Jennifer Love Hewitt plays dress up for both Alice's husband
as well as for her male fans. No actress does both "goody goody" and
"sexy sexy" like Jennifer Love Hewitt. The film teases, seems to
promise more, then simply teases.

What redeems the film is its uplifting message about love and hope,
while contrarily pulling no punches with its assessment about human
nature. It is a refreshing thing to find a film that is daring enough
to be honest, and also not too arrogant to shy away from optimism. Men
are sex crazed pigs. Women do dumb things to save relationships best
left behind. People make mistakes. And yet, things still work out.

Now back to our polarizing actress. This is one of several movies, and
now a television show as well with Ghost Whisperer, that Hewitt has
made which intentionally works to show a moral and hopeful perspective
about the world. I don't want to give too much credit to the young
girl- but why not?- I am deeply impressed with her consciousness
choices of work.