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Trust the Man

Trust the Man

Rated:R
Studio:Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director:Bart Freundlich
Cast:Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Eva Mendes
Genre:Comedy, Drama
Our Rating:

This matched pair of New York breakup stories plays something like Your Friends and Neighbors without the intense psychological cruelty — and if you’re wondering what the point of that might be, you’re probably right. Marrieds Julianne Moore and David Duchovny are headed for a fall, thanks to the latter’s sex addiction; meanwhile, longtime live-ins Maggie Gyllenhaal and Billy Crudup realize that their feelings about commitment don’t exactly jibe. Guess what: It’s the fella who’s resisting a more lasting familial arrangement, though having to listen to Gyllenhaal constantly whine that she just wants to have a babeeeee would be enough to freeze any guy’s sperm in his urethra. The Moore/Duchovny story line is by far the more palatable, showing off writer/director Bart Freundlich’s (Moore’s husband) way with snappy dialogue and allowing the former Fox Mulder to even crack an actual facial expression or two. But the movie can’t decide if it wants to be a well-observed urban relationship drama or a madcap comedy, culminating in an atrocious climax that leaves several subplots unresolved while it’s doing its damnedest to send you into sugar shock. (R; opens Friday, Sept. 1, at Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20)

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