Chief among them is Freundlichs wife, Julianne Moore, who plays actress Rebecca Pollack, with David Duchovny as her husband, Tom, whos given up his job in advertising to stay home with the couples two young kids. Toms best bud and Rebeccas brother is perpetual manchild Tobey (Billy Crudup), a freelance writer who lounges around the house all day while his long-term girlfriend, Elaine (Maggie Gyllenhaal) slaves away in a book publishing house and dreams of marriage and children.
All four live in the whitewashed, upper-class urban world of New York most closely associated with Woody Allen films. Freundlich recycles tired Allen tropes that have gotten old even in the Woodmans own films. On top of that, Freundlich doesnt hesitate to employ fart jokes, hits to the groin and clichéd bits about gender differences (one scene actually has Tobey laboriously explaining to Elaine how to use the TV remote) in pursuit of his meager laughs.
He never gets there, though, and by the time Trust the Man ends in its false and unearned outpouring of love, youll be longing for Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks to exchange some cute but ridiculous emails.