TRUST THE MAN

Too Many Embarrassing Sex Jokes

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Release Date: August 18, 2006

Starring: Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Billy Crudup, Eva Mendes, Bob Balaban, and James LeGros

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 100 minutes

Address Comments To:

Stephen Gilula, President
Fox Searchlight Pictures
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A Division of Fox, Inc.
10201 West Pico Blvd., Bldg. 38
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1833
Fax: (310) 369-3175
Website: www.foxsearchlight.com

Content:

(PaPa, Ro, FR, Ab, B, Ho, LLL, V, SSS, N, A, D, MM) Strong pagan worldview focusing on the feelings of two couples having relationship problems with a minor character who’s a New Age “minister” who says at one point that ministers are “allowed” to fornicate and who performs a light New Age wedding in one brief scene New, plus some moral elements eventually validating marriage and family and light homosexual references, including woman fails to seduce another woman but does kiss her; about 31 obscenities (including some "f" words), three strong profanities, 10 light profanities, and some vulgarities mostly to do with sex; light comical violence such as a fight in a lobby and hitting; an excessive amount of sexual references overall (some of them strong or crude), including implied adultery, man cruises sex sites on the Internet, implied reference to bestiality while man visits Internet sex sites, implied oral sex, implied fornication, two unmarried people try to seduce married people and one succeeds, married woman tries to seduce unmarried man but he refuses, woman tries to seduce another woman and kisses her but it is implied that woman rejects these lesbian advances, man visits sex addict class out of curiosity and finally seems to control his own addiction, boyfriend suggests woman submit bikini photo with children's book, and verbal references to sex, including one to oral sex and references during visits to sex addict class; upper male nudity, photo of woman in bikini, and female cleavage; alcohol use; smoking; and, miscellaneous immorality such as lying, jealousy, men act in a juvenile fashion, man follows his therapist to learn about therapist's personal problems, and man is addicted to TV.

Summary:

TRUST THE MAN is an entertaining, but morally problematic, romantic comedy about a married actress, her husband, her brother, and her brother’s girlfriend. The two men must learn to be faithful and committed along the way, but there is an excessive amount of sex jokes, sexual references and foul language in the movie.

Review:

TRUST THE MAN is an entertaining, but morally problematic, romantic comedy about a married actress, her husband, her brother, and her brother’s girlfriend.

Julianne Moore plays Rebecca, a famous movie actress working in a play. Rebecca's sex-addict husband Tom, hilariously played by David Duchovny, stays at home with their two young children. Tobey, Rebecca’s homebound brother, a freelance writer, played by Billy Crudup, is living with his longtime girlfriend, Elaine, a children’s book writer played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Tom is upset that Rebecca doesn't want to have sex as often as he does. She complains that he wants it twice a day. Tom starts going to porno sites and begins an affair with one of the single mothers at his boys' school. Eventually, Rebecca begins to suspect.

Meanwhile, Elaine is longing to get married and have children, but Tobey doesn't want either of those things – ever. Elaine kicks him out of their apartment.

The rest of the movie shows Tom and Tobey regaining their moral bearings and trying to reconcile with their mates.

The end of this movie provides an affirmation of marriage and family, but there are an excessive amount of sex jokes and sexual references along the way. Many of these jokes are embarrassing and over the top. The movie also has some relationship jokes that don't have to do with sex, however. In one very funny part, Tobey gets insanely jealous of Elaine's new German boyfriend, a pretentious intellectual.

Adding to the sex jokes and foul language in TRUST THE MAN is a strong pagan worldview with Romantic elements that focus on feelings. All this negative content requires an extra heavy warning, despite the movie's eventual validation of marriage and family.

In Brief:

TRUST THE MAN is a romantic comedy. Rebecca is a famous movie actress working in a play. Rebecca's sex-addict husband, Tom, stays at home with their two children. Tom is upset that Rebecca doesn't want sex as often as he does. Tom starts going to porno sites and begins an affair with a single mother at his boys' school. Rebecca becomes suspicious. Meanwhile, Tobey, Rebecca’s brother, a freelance writer, lives with his longtime girlfriend, Elaine, a children’s book writer. Elaine is longing to get married and have children, but Tobey doesn't want either of those things. Elaine kicks him out. The rest of the movie shows Tom and Tobey regaining their moral bearings and trying to reconcile with their mates.

This movie's ending provides an affirmation of marriage and family, but there are too many sex jokes along the way. There are also some clean jokes and appealing performances. In one very funny part, Tobey gets insanely jealous of Elaine's German boyfriend. TRUST THE MAN has a strong pagan worldview, with Romantic elements focusing on feelings. Its negative content requires an extra heavy warning, despite the ultimate validation of marriage and family.