Trust the Man
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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
Beyond Trust the Man
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Stills from Trust the Man
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Ironically, David Duchovny really does have a sex addition (as the rumors go) and I can't help but wonder if Tea Leoni is "Rebecca" in real life. Hmmm. For more spoilers see the rest of the reviews.
If you can suffer through until the end, it's okay.
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!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this movie, I could watch it 100 times and still love it. Hilarious, and real relationship development. Great cast and excellent writing.Published 4 months ago by Lauren Myer
"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 James
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
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
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
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