Trust the Man (R)

Comedy 103 September 1, 2006
By Robert Wilonsky
David Duchovny and Julianne Moore play a married couple on the downside of their vows. His Tom is a former ad man who's switched to being a stay-at-home daddy, and her Rebecca's a movie actress stooping to conquer the Lincoln Center stage. She's lost all sexual interest in Tom, to the point where she flinches if he so much as touches her. How has it gotten this way? No idea. Writer-director Bart Freundlich (Moore's husband) has nothing to say and nowhere to go with this material, except to the most contrived ending this side of a Will & Grace episode. His characters -- including Rebecca's brother Tobey (Billy Crudup), a remote-control slacker locked in a seven-year go-nowhere relationship with Elaine (Maggie Gyllenhaal), an aspiring children's-book writer with so little faith in her abilities or instincts that she's charmed by Tobey's worthless ways -- don't mean anything, because they don't say anything or do anything that feels rooted in the nitty-gritty of the everyday. They're stock schmucks and little more -- unlikable twerps who don't earn or deserve their happily-ever-afters.
Bart Freundlich Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Eva Mendes, James LeGros, Justin Bartha, Ellen Barkin, Bob Balaban, Garry Shandling Bart Freundlich Sidney Kimmel Fox Searchlight Pictures

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