Trust the Man

Trust the Man is a 2005 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Bart Freundlich. The film is set in New York and centers around two couples as they deal with relationship issues such as intimacy and commitment.

Trust the Man
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBart Freundlich
Written byBart Freundlich
Produced bySidney Kimmel
Tim Perell
StarringDavid Duchovny
Billy Crudup
Julianne Moore
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Eva Mendes
James LeGros
CinematographyTim Orr
Edited byJohn Gilroy
Music byClint Mansell
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • September 12, 2005 (2005-09-12) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • August 18, 2006 (2006-08-18) (United States)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$7,353,118


The film centers around four best friends: Married couple Tom and Rebecca and longtime relationship partners Tobey and Elaine. The film follows the two couples as they face trials and temptations in their relationships.

Tom, after feeling a lack of intimacy with his wife, meets a divorced mother at his sons school. Rebecca, a film actress making her stage debut, meets a younger actor who shows infatuation for her named Jasper. Tobey, who does not show interest in settling down for marriage or kids, runs into an old fling from college named Faith. Elaine, after confronting Tobey about wanting to get married and have a family, meets several suitors throughout the film.

The story follows Tom and Tobey as they attempt to mend their relationships with their partners.



Trust the Man premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival[2] and was picked up by Fox Searchlight Pictures for distribution.[3]

The film opened in the United States on August 18, 2006.[4][5]


As of June 2020, Trust the Man holds a 28% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 102 reviews with an average rating of 4.52/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "What aspires to be a sophisticated, unconventional romantic comedy turns out to be a contrivance-filled pretender to other, better films of its genre."[6] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, gives the film a 43/100 approval rating based on 30 critics' reviews.[7]

Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter praised the film, saying "Both geographically and thematically speaking, writer-director Freundlich finds himself on vintage Woody Allen turf here -- as in the "Manhattan"/"Husbands and Wives" Woody Allen -- while still managing to lend the production a unique voice of its own. And Allen would've killed for Freundlich's terrific cast."[8] Liz Beardsworth of Empire gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote "Freundlich’s retread gleans new colour thanks to his sparkling dialogue, the urbane New York setting and great work from his superior cast, all of whom flesh out their roles so that empathy with their respective plights comes easily."[9]


Award Category Nominee(s) Result
ALMA Awards[10] Outstanding Actress - Motion Picture Eva Mendes Nominated


  1. ^ "Deleted Scene at doctors office". YouTube.
  2. ^ "FRL-81497". Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  3. ^ B., Brian. "Fox Searchlight Picks Up Trust the Man". MovieWeb. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  4. ^ Manohla Dargis (2006-08-18). "'Trust the Man': Two Couples Talk, Talk, Talk". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  5. ^ Kim Voynar (2006-08-17). "Review: Trust the Man". Cinematical. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  6. ^ "Trust the Man - Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Trust the Man". Metacritic. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Trust the Man - Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2005-10-29. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  9. ^ "Trust The Man Review". Empire. Archived from the original on 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Alma Award Nominees 2007". Variety. Retrieved 2 October 2022.

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