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Trust The Man (2006)

 

Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Film: C-

 

 

Some films are so bad that they are likely to be forgotten when bad films are remembered for the year.  Writer/director Bart Freundlich’s Trust The Man is such a film for the calendar year 2006.  It is about a couple in trouble played by David Duchovny and Julianne Moore and their relationship with another couple played by Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal.  The Duchovny/Moore couple is in therapy with a know-it-all played by Gary Shandling (who made the even worse and just as goofy Town & Country) to no effect.

 

The screenplay thinks all of its sex and toilet jokes are funny because they are said by more “intelligent” and “sophisticated” people with some money, but all it does is make everyone look a dozen times more idiotic and you have zero sympathy for anyone here as a result.  That a cast of good and likable actors are wasted in this mess is a shame, but they are also the only reason this is not an outright bomb, though it comes close.  As for the characters, they deserve, misery, unhappiness and disaster, because that is what the viewer gets for 100 soulless minutes.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is soft throughout, though color is not bad and all are an improvement from the awful pan and scan 1.33 X 1 flipside.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is a little better than the picture, but what little depth it had is paired down for the 1.33 version.  Extras include a Freundlich/Duchovny audio commentary, deleted scenes with their comments as options and a making of featurette.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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