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Trust The Man
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02.08.2007 By: Jason Adams
Trust The Man order
Director:
Bart Freundlich

Actors:
Julianne Moore
David Duchovny
Billy Crudup

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
People are in relationships in New York City.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I am calling a moratorium on all relationship comedies set in the Big Apple, unless you have something new to say besides “Men are clueless, women are bitchy.” (Even Woody Allen has packed up and moved on to Europe.The genre is dead.) Let’s see what exciting new topics are covered in TRUST THE MAN: Men don’t want to get married and have kids. • Men aren’t in tune with their feelings. • Men like sex. • Women are worried about their weight. …Real groundbreaking stuff.

The first warning sign should be the fact that a movie with a cast comprised of Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Maggie Gyllenhaall, Eva Mendes and Gary Shandling never secured a wide release. The acting is fine by all, but the clichéd, lackluster script renders their collective talent useless, Billy Crudup especially. Since ALMOST FAMOUS I’ve been waiting for Crudup to find another perfect role. Here, he pulls off the lovable a-hole shtick no sweat, but he deserves something more substantial than a guy characterized by the screenname “Assman204.”

There are a few humorous spots, but director Freundlich can’t decide what kind of comedy he wants TRUST THE MAN to be; the sweet romantic kind, a crude adult farce, or a satire about fame in NYC. You get the basic rom-com witty banter and physical gags, but then there’ll be a joke about farts or horse porn, followed by a mocking of Moore’s life as an actress. None of these styles mix all that well, keeping the movie from finding a single tone that fits. Throw in the occasional dramatic moment, and the whole thing feels like quite a mess.

The only positive thing I took away from TRUST THE MAN is the following pick up line, which will undoubtedly coerce many a woman in to the sack: “I know you’re tired, but I have a way where you don’t have to exert any energy at all.” Thank you, David Duchovny.
THE EXTRAS
There are only three extras present and I still had to flip the disc to access them all. Poor form, Fox Searchlight. Poor form.

Commentary by writer/director Bart Freundlich and actor David Duchovny: Nothing of much substance. The two are obviously good friends and have a funny chemistry, but Freundlich spends most of the time pointing out all his family and friends peppered throughout the movie.

Reel Love: The Making of TRUST THE MAN (13:02): Your standard BTS feature with a look at each actor/character. I hope Crudup wasn’t serious when he said he decided to do the movie because he liked his character’s name (Tobey).

Deleted Scenes (10:12): There’s actually some of funny stuff in here; shame it wasn’t left in the movie. Also, Julianne Moore making hamster noises…hot.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you’ve seen a film about people in a relationship before, you’ve already seen TRUST THE MAN. And to illustrate why there’s no dire need for you to watch this movie, I’m going to tell you what happens in the end. If I have not done my job and you are still planning on seeing this, feel free to skip this section, hit the Back button and continue making poor life decisions:

In an attempt to win back his wife after she discovers he had an affair, David Duchovny simply writes her a note that says “I am in love with you.” And she actually takes him back.

Seriously.



Extra Tidbit: Writer/Director Bart Freundlich is married to Julianne Moore and is best friends with David Duchovny and Billy Crudup. That explains a lot.
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