On the Big Board
||Not unwatchable, just unremarkable. I saw it for Gyllenhaal and Crudup.
One way to work out your relationship issues is to cast your wife in the leading role of a romantic comedy. That's what director Bart Freundlich has done for Trust the Man, putting spouse Julianne Moore in the leading role of one of the two couples he examines. She and on-screen hubby David Duchovny are seemingly happy, but cracks are forming in their marriage. Meanwhile, her younger brother (played by Billy Crudup, at his roguish best) is in trouble with his long-time girlfriend (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal) over infidelities and his stubborn refusal to provide her an engagement ring.
As the two couples work out their troubles, separating and getting back together, and maybe breaking up again, they have to decide just what is worth fighting for in a relationship. It's Freundlich's Annie Hall attempt.
Trust the Man premiered at the Toronto Film Fest last fall to a modest reception. Fox Searchlight will be hoping that the attractive cast will be able to position it as a fall breakout hit. (Reagen Sulewski/BOP)