Trust the Man

2006

Trust the Man

Critics Consensus

What aspires to be a sophisticated, unconventional romantic comedy turns out to be a contrivance-filled pretender to other, better films of its genre.

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This comedy follows the romantic escapades of two couples -- a successful actress and her stay-at-home husband and her slacker younger brother and his aspiring novelist girlfriend -- as they search for love in the midst of careers, family, infidelity and the ever-daunting search for Manhattan street parking.

Cast

Garry Shandling
as Dr. Beekman
Sascha Gillen
as Baby Maggie
Brianna Gillen
as Baby Maggie
Scott Sowers
as Terminex Guy
Sarah Knowlton
as Elaine's Boss
Brian Tarantina
as Crazy Hair Driver
David Greenspan
as Francis, the Director
Teresa Yenque
as Maria, the Babysitter
Kiran Merchant
as Newspaper Vendor
Jayne Houdyshell
as Sex Addicts Leader
Todd M. Hofacker
as Misplaced Sex Addict
Peter S. Bencebi
as Cynical New Yorker
Kate Jennings Grant
as Woman Who Can't Get Enough
Frederick B. Owens
as John, Preferably Coarse
Jim Gaffigan
as Gordon, Bitter Sex Addict
Steven Glenn
as Rocker at the Bar
Steven M. Wargo
as Dinner Guest
Sherry Ham
as Lincoln Center Fan
Gretchen Cleevely
as Assistant Stage Manager
Sean Dugan
as Stage Manager
Hollis Granville
as Stage Actor
Jimmy King
as Audience Member
Chris Champeau
as Audience Member
Liv Freundlich
as Older Maggie
Noelle Beck
as Flight Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Trust the Man

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (73)

  • I saw this at a festival and hated it, then sat through it again a year later and decided it wasn't so bad, aside from the god-awful ending.

    Dec 18, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It's a pity, because few romcoms pull off the basically sympathetic mining of personal vanities and social embarrassment that the film manages in its opening hour.

    Sep 21, 2006 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • David Duchonvy and Julianne Moore make an engaging double-act and an undercurrent of droll humour keeps things zipping along quite amiably for the most part.

    Sep 5, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Freundlich's outstanding cast (including Garry Shandling, Eva Mendes, Ellen Barkin, Bob Balaban and James LeGros) -- his best since 1997's The Myth of Fingerprints -- glosses over miscalculations with sheer star power.

    Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Two couples in trouble, one with kids, another considering them. Writer-director Bart Freundlich's challenge is to stress them and find a resolution to their conflicts in ways that aren't banal, predictable or witless. And he settles for one out of three.

    Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • The fact that Freundlich tries to put some thoughtful commentary into a formulaic story is commendable, but in the end either his faith wavers or the studio intervened.

    Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Trust the Man

  • Jul 14, 2011
    Two couples encounter various difficulties with commitment and fidelity. It takes an awful long time for this film to get started; it should be used in film classes to show how not to do exposition. During the first act of the film, I wasn't sure how I was supposed to feel about these characters -- whether they were to be taken seriously or merely seen as farcical caricatures. But once the film establishes the various problems affecting these relationships, I think it's fairly entertaining. Even Julianne Moore, whom I hate, is tolerable. I especially liked the scene in which dinner guests overhear Elaine bragging about her new beau's manhood to her old beau. And there's a great two-shot in the third act of David Duchovny and Billy Crudup in tuxedos looking as though they're ready for anything but nonetheless clueless. The ending is, of course, cliche, and some of the supporting characters are too over-the-top to be believed (I'm looking at you Goren [Glenn Fitzgerald] and Dante [James LeGros]), but overall, though I have no idea why it's called <i>Trust the Man</i>, <i>Trust the Man</i> delivers a few laughs for the light-hearted fare it eventually attempts to be.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2008
    This movie follows two couples in Manhattan go through some turmoil. Do they stay with their significant others, or do they test the waters? I guess you have to live in NYC to get all the parking humour.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2007
    Again, a movie that I liked a lot more than I thought I might have. Although, it profoundly bugs me when people in movies just don't know how to talk to each other, a problem that plagued the folks in this one. David Cuchovny is fantastic in comedies, and really clicks with Julianne Moore onscreen. (If you liked them in this, you should get a load of Evolution.) Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal were a little less endearing, but it was a very funny and very human movie all around. Its quirkiness and down to earth quality save it when it isn't being funny. Great little flick.
    Emily A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2007
    There is nothing genuine about any of these characters.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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