Trust the Man (2006)



Critic 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.
R (for language and sexual content)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Julianne Moore
as Rebecca
Eva Mendes
as Faith
Justin Bartha
as Jasper
Liam Broggy
as David
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
Paul Hecht
as Amis
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
Francine Beers
as Old Lady
Liv Freundlich
as Older Maggie
Noelle Beck
as Flight Attendant
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All Critics (100) | Top Critics (31)

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.

Full Review… | December 18, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

September 1, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

September 1, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

I wish the film were true to itself and its quartet of puzzled, struggling lovers; their collapse into sitcom idiocy felt uncomfortably close to betrayal.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Trust the Man

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 Trust the Man, Trust the Man delivers a few laughs for the light-hearted fare it eventually attempts to be.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

i laughed like three times at this flick. the rest of it was nearly unbearable. it began well, for about 5 minutes, then turned into a pointless film full of unlikeable characters, then the end felt like some horrible teen comedy starring adults. truly pointless.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer


Julianne Moore is good but the movie is just sort of blah.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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