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Trust Me (2013)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 6 June 2014 (USA)
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In an attempt to sign a Hollywood starlet, struggling talent agent and former child star Howard Holloway must contend with her volatile father, a scheming long-time rival, and a producer and casting director who despise him.

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Clark Gregg

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Clark Gregg

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gregg ... Howard
Felicity Huffman ... Agnes
Allison Janney ... Meg
William H. Macy ... Gary
Niecy Nash ... Angie
Amanda Peet ... Marcy
Sam Rockwell ... Aldo
Molly Shannon ... Janice
Saxon Sharbino ... Lydia
Paul Sparks ... Ray
Keith Ewell ... Alley Cop
Maxwell Smith Maxwell Smith ... Ben
Stella Gregg ... Charlotte
Gareth Williams ... Chet
Phoebe Neidhardt ... Counter Girl
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Storyline

A struggling agent for child actors and former child star himself, Howard Holloway spends years losing his most talented clients to his slick, arch-nemesis Aldo Shocklee. Until the day that Howard encounters the brilliant and unsigned 13 year-old Lydia who is on the brink of securing the lead in a new Twilight-style franchise. Howard tries desperately to close the deal of a lifetime and make his precocious young client a star while managing her drunk, volatile father, Aldo's relentless poaching attempts, and the hostile machinations of the project's casting director and mega producer, who both despise him. But the closer he gets to achieving the Hollywood score he has chased all his life, the more complications appear. Written by Production

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Howard's career is going nowhere, and his love life is at a dead end. But a chance meeting could lead somewhere big. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language. | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

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6 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Ang Lee is set to direct the fictional film Lydia auditions for. The score for this film is very similar to that in Ang Lee's real life film The Ice Storm . See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Howard: Did you ever think some deep down place that you were really something else? And if you could just strip away that filthy ditch shell you've been walking around, you'd be reborn. In something new. Something more beautiful that anything ever imagined.
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References Gandhi (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Midnight
Written by Alan Blackman and Stuart Hart
Performed by Selectracks
Courtesy of Selectracks, Inc./BMG Chrysalis
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Trust ME, this is a good movie
16 May 2015 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

Along with the obscure gem "The TV set", this movie "Trust Me" is one of my favorites for blowing the lid off the sleazy cut-throat industry that cranks out what we're all here for: movies. It does it in an entertaining way, both darkly comedic as well as suspensefully dramatic. And ultimately it depicts the powerful & eternal struggle between honesty and success (which applies no matter what career we're talking about).

As other reviewers have said, don't just expect a comedy although the wacky title and DVD description may lead you to believe it. Instead this is a powerful story with a lot of heart. It does have some really funny moments particularly in the beginning, but as the tangled web gets woven, the film appropriately shifts to a more serious tone, almost like a thriller or crime drama at times.

Writer-director-star Clark Gregg knocks it outta the park on all levels. He plays the quintessential good guy in a sea of scum (such as the awesomely detestable Sam Rockwell playing his arch-nemesis, a rival agent). All his life he seems to be the personification of "nice guys finish last". But then he meets up with his one big shot: a talented unknown actress played by Saxon Sharbino (herself a fresh new face). But things soon get crazy, and I'm not just talking about the sleazy Hollywood types. The story takes an unexpected twist which really puts our hero to the test regarding how far he should go to protect the young girl who has put all her faith in him.

Some surreal dream-like moments (such as maybe a vampire scene?) and nice cinematography add tremendous personality to this flick. The script is excellent, especially with the witty, fast-paced banter between Gregg and Amanda Peet. And be on the lookout for some great bit roles by William H Macy (the creepy Audi salesman), Molly Shannon (the "milf") and the aforementioned Sam Rockwell.

I highly recommend this film to anyone who is considering getting into, or who is currently in, the entertainment business whether it's acting, writing, singing or heck even professional athletes & artists whose careers are potentially shaped (mutilated?) by those slick suits we know too well. Similarly-themed and similarly-vibed films include "Circus Maximus" about a writer who has 1 weekend to write a blockbuster film, "The TV Set" about a writer whose honest idea is slowly getting corrupted into a Hollywood abomination, and of course the big one "Jerry Maguire" about a sports agent's last shot at the big time. Alongside "Trust Me" these are all great flicks that might just change your approach to career & life. Vampire fangs are optional.


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