Trust the Man

Trust the Man is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed and written by Bart Freundlich and starring David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Julianne Moore, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film primarily deals with three relationships, and a realization of just how important those relationships are. It premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival,[1]and opened in the United States on August 18, 2006.[2][3]

Trust the Man
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBart Freundlich
Produced bySidney Kimmel
Tim Perell
Written byBart Freundlich
StarringDavid Duchovny
Billy Crudup
Julianne Moore
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Eva Mendes
James LeGros
Music byClint Mansell
CinematographyTim Orr
Edited byJohn Gilroy
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • 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


Rebecca is a film actress, who is about to make her stage debut at Lincoln Center. Her husband, Tom gave up a lucrative job in advertising to take care of their young daughter. Occasionally, Tom and Rebecca have sex; once a year, they meet with their therapist, Dr. Beekman.

Tom and Rebecca's best friends are her brother Tobey, a sportswriter, and his girlfriend Elaine. Elaine, who has been dating Tobey for seven years, has begun to feel the ticking of her biological clock.

Tom and Rebecca each face extramarital temptations. Tom responds to a personal crisis that stems from his decision to choose kids over career by watching pornography and having an affair with a divorced mother from his son's school. Rebecca is pursued on the set by a young costar, Jasper, who would like to be able to claim that he's bedded a famous actress.



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."[4] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, gives the film a 43/100 approval rating based on 30 critics' reviews.[5]


  1. ^ "FRL-81497". Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  2. ^ Manohla Dargis (2006-08-18). "'Trust the Man': Two Couples Talk, Talk, Talk". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  3. ^ Kim Voynar (2006-08-17). "Review: Trust the Man". Cinematical. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  4. ^ "Trust the Man - Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Trust the Man". Metacritic. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013.

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