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Trust the Man (2006)

David Duchovny , Julianne Moore , Bart Freundlich  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sascha Gillen
  • Directors: Bart Freundlich
  • Writers: Bart Freundlich
  • Producers: Bart Freundlich, Bruce Toll, Evelyn O'Neill, Marina Grasic, Meredith Zamsky
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KX0HGY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trust the Man" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Side A:
  • Full Screen Feature
  • Feature audio commentary by Writer/Director Bart Freundlich and Actor David Duchovny
  • Featurette "Real Love: The Making of Trust the Man"
  • Side B:
  • Widescreen Feature
  • 4 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Bart Freundlich and David Duchovny

Editorial Reviews

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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Product Description

Overachieving actress, Rebecca (Moore), must come to grips with her failing marriage to stay-at-home dad, Tom (Duchovny). While Rebecca's slacker brother, Tobey (Billy Crudup), can't seem to commit to his aspiring novelist girlfriend, Elaine (Maggie Gyllenhaal). As both relationships spin out of control, the two couples embark on a hilarious quest to rediscover the magic and romance of falling in love in New York.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprising realistic for a chick flick September 10, 2006
By Brian C
Wity writing, and characters that are allowed to have some flaws made this one of the first chick flicks that did not make me want to vomit. Heck I actually enjoined it.... for the most part. It does end with the usual formualic, come to jesus ending. But over all still enjoyable.

The creative funny backenforth give plenty of entertainment while the storyline sets it self up.

The characters are not the usual black and white images of perfection or sleazy bastreds which makes them much more relateable. As well as making the story seem less absurd.

While probably unintentional the movie also provides interesting examples of the differences between the way men and women communicate. The men always tiring to fix the things the women complain about instead of just listening, and the women getting upset when the men do not just intuitively know what they want even though they never say.

All in all the first chick flick/ feel good movie that not only did not make me want to vomit, but that I actually enjoined in years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected... January 21, 2008
...based on the reviews here. Much of the credit for my surprise should go to the cast: all very good. I find it interesting to watch excellent actors (Moore, Duchovny, Barkin) flesh out new characters. Overall, despite flaws, this film is intelligent, and fresh just often enough to be worth watching. I cared about the fate of the two couples, particularly the Gyllenhall/Crudup duo. Sure, there were cliches, as in another parody of 12-Step and other support groups, and the "biological clock ticking" bit. However, as in the case of the latter, there's truth at the heart of many of these. If Trust the Man ended a bit more "Hollywood"/all loose ends resolved, I'd have thrown my shoe at the screen. Anyway, here's one little negative postcript: Amazon makes it look like the magnetic Ellen Barkin has a major role - unfortunately, not the case.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your time or money July 8, 2007
Attractive people, great NYC scenes and apartments, but none of that could save this horrible poorly written mess of lousy, immature male characters, bland and clueless female characters, and extremely childish bathroom jokes. I could not even watch 2/3 rds of it. Really bad.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light entertainment June 17, 2007
Giving it 5 cause I believe it has been way under rated. I believe the object was to laugh, and it was entertaining.

Besides I feel it did address valid points that many people shy away from, death, living life, etc.

It wasn't earth shattering, I still found it enjoyable!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trust the fact that this movie seems like a big act. November 7, 2007
Two couples going through rough times in their relationships. The movie was not bad, but it was not good either. There is a fakeness through the entire film due to the amped up dialogue, the actions of the characters and how the relationships play out. The story just doesn't hold up your interest. I did not find myself rooting for either couple. Instead, I hoped they found someone better. Moore plays a convincing character, a bit more likable than the rest. So does Gyllehall. Yet, borth Duchovny and Cudrup play immature wanna be adolescent boys that throw their relationships away just because they do not know how to deal with their situations. All the parties involved were responsible for their failing relationships, yet, once they own up to it you realize that you don't care and that maybe they are better without the other.
This movie was good up until the end, which turned out to be pretty cliché and pathetic. The film was well-acted. I enjoyed the dynamics between David Duchovny and Julianne Moore, they are somewhat successful in portraying the married couple going through a rough time. But, the faults in this movie do not reside in the acting but in the cue in reactions that each actor has. They do not seem real, just overamped wanna-witty banter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching on HBO- worth $5 or $6 to buy December 27, 2007
I watched this on HBO and I would pay $5 or $6 to own it (for others to watch.) Its not a movie that you would want to spend $20 for or go to the movies to watch but worth a watch- I think its a good depiction of life. I enjoyed it though its not really a comedy or romantic but its a good portrayal of life and its issues in relationships and the such. Good premise and execution. I agree with the reviewer who said that it was under rated.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Director/screenwriter Bart Freundlich's open valentine to Woody Allen's classic relationship comedies of the 1970's and 80's is a glossy-looking 2006 misfire partially redeemed by the sharp if somewhat misshapen performances of the four principals. Freundlich seems more infatuated with his favorite Lower Manhattan locales than realistically dissecting the rather insufferable characters complicating their lives with the gamesmanship of modern romance. More often than not, the result feels smug and half-baked for all the futile effort the cast puts into it. The focus is on two New York couples. Rebecca is a successful film actress making her first foray into theater, and her husband Tom is a former advertising whiz who decides to become a stay-at-home dad to their two children. Rebecca's brother Tobey is a commitment-phobic sportswriter more interested in keeping his highly valued parking spot than marrying his overly accepting girlfriend of seven years, Elaine, an aspiring children's book author.

Their lives intertwine at trendy eateries with heavy dialogue scenes that are woefully missing Allen's insightful wit despite Freundlich's intensive efforts. The inevitable complications ensue when each couple reaches a crisis stage forcing them to take action. As Rebecca, Julianne Moore, who happens to be Freundlich's wife, cannot help but be appealing, even though her character's intimacy issues are presented in rather broad strokes. A far cry from her haunting work in "Sherrybaby", Maggie Gyllenhaal expresses Elaine's passivity with a convincing winsomeness. David Duchovny's poker-faced performance as Tom comes across as self-satisfied rather than insightful about a husband's sense of self-worth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Clover
3.0 out of 5 stars Pathetically Pitiful People
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 more
Published 8 months ago by Butterfly
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but..
I'm sorry but this gets the one star rating because i couldn't get into this movie. i watched the first 15-20 minutes of this crap and i ended up returning the dvd to my local... Read more
Published on September 1, 2012 by Lauren
4.0 out of 5 stars Good performances and honest writing...
"Trust The Man" may not be for the mainstream, but it turns in great performances from Moore, Gyllenhaal, Crudup, and Duchovny. Read more
Published on December 6, 2010 by Murdoch.J
1.0 out of 5 stars Trust me man, this is not very good
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 more
Published on May 12, 2010 by zck7592
3.0 out of 5 stars Trust The Man
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 more
Published on March 11, 2009 by Southern Belle
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:

As one of the three or four people in America who saw this movie in theatres, I am qualified to say that Trust the Man is really not worth spending... Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by One-Line Film Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't relate to this movie and or find humor in it...
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
Published on January 14, 2008 by B. Sidorowicz
1.0 out of 5 stars not funny
This movie is one of the worst I have seen. I found the beginning scene amusing, but it seemed to go completely downhill from there. Read more
Published on October 22, 2007 by C. Hanna
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