Betrayed by 'Trust'

The actors and the audience are let down by a weak plot and dopey characters

Review C-

September 01, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic

Insufferable people acting insufferably seems like a slender hook on which to hang a film, but that's exactly how Trust The Man plays out. It's a story about two jerks without a thread of class between them, in relationships with women who must see something in them that's invisible to the rest of the world.

It's also yet another film about quirky New Yorkers cracking wise on their way through the complicated world of modern romance, territory Woody Allen mined out years ago. Writer-director Bart Freundlich (The Myth of Fingerprints) offers neither insight nor original characters, but does manage to waste the talents of four skilled actors by forcing them into situations that would seem contrived and silly on a second-rate sitcom.

Trust The Man (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Starring David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Billy Crudup. Written and directed by Bart Freundlich. Rated R. Time 103 minutes.

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