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For a sex comedy, Bart Freundlich's fourth feature Trust the Man takes many of its cues from 1980s-era Woody Allen, but is neither as sexy nor as funny as intended. It's the tale of two couples. Rebecca (Julianne Moore, Freundlich's real-life wife) is an actress. Her husband, Tom (David Duchovny, Moore's Evolution co-star), is a stay-at-home dad, much like Patrick Wilson's character in the considerably darker Little Children. The Manhattan dwellers have two kids. Fellow New Yorker Elaine (Maggie Gyllenhaal), an aspiring author, lives with Rebecca's brother, Tobey (Billy Crudup, sporting an ill-advised goatee), a sports writer. They've been together for seven years. Elaine is ready for marriage and a baby; Toby, not so much. Both men have roving eyes, Tom for single mother Pamela (Dagmara Dominczyk) and Tobey for ex-girlfriend Faith (Eva Mendes), a newlywed. Rebecca and Elaine, in their sincerity, may be more sympathetic, but all they ever seem to talk about is their unsatisfactory sex lives. Naturally, something has to give and it does--for all four. On the downside, Trust the Man finds Freundlich in a bit of a holding pattern. In retrospect, domestic drama The Myth of Fingerprints, Freundlich's first film, is still the writer/director's best. Though James LeGros and Duchovny pal Garry Shandling provide amusing cameos, the main reason to catch Trust the Man is for Duchovny himself in his most fully realized role since the inimitable Agent Fox Mulder--oddly likable despite his many faults. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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"My friends at work, tell me men are never ready for marriage or kids, that you have to trap them into it."
Just as the film seems as though it might actually have something to say about these characters, it resorts to broad comedy.
The story is very slow, the characters are not interesting enough for you to care, and it definitely not funny.
This is such an underrated movie. I love it so much! I made my husband watch it and he liked it too (even though it had no explosions!). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Clover
I love David Duchovny, but this film fell flat for me. I cannot relate to any of the characters at all. I would have broken up with Tobey long ago. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Butterfly
"Trust The Man" may not be for the mainstream, but it turns in great performances from Moore, Gyllenhaal, Crudup, and Duchovny. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Murdoch.J
The only reason why I watched "Trust the Man" is because the star of the film is David Duchovny ("The X-Files", "Return To Me") I am not big on romance films, but since Duchovny's... Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by zck7592
As with The TV Set, the only reason for watching this movie is David Duchovny. He's always great to look at. He does his best with a stupid script. Read morePublished on March 11, 2009 by Southern Belle
then your either a robot from the planet lame, or your too uptight to have a pulse in your veins.
Now I'm not a fan of romantic comedies, and I'm not sure I can even... Read more
Two couples going through rough times in their relationships. The movie was not bad, but it was not good either. Read morePublished on November 7, 2007 by Morrigan Alexandros