Trust the Man Reviews
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 Trust the Man, Trust the Man delivers a few laughs for the light-hearted fare it eventually attempts to be.
[font=Century Gothic]"Trust the Man" is an occasionally funny but very predictable movie that is helped out enormously by its first-rate cast(yes, yes, even Duchovny). Billy Crudup stands out as a particularly dim bulb. The movie is not long on plot, and is made up mostly of set pieces, some working better than others. And it is nice to see a film where a man stays home to take of the children.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Note: Bart Freundlich also directed Billy Crudup, Julianne Moore and James LeGros in "World Traveler." Julianne Moore and David Duchovny also starred together in "Evolution."[/font]
5 outta 5, surprisingly good, for one of those girly movies.