Trust the Man (Bart Freundlich). 103 minutes. Opens Friday (August 18). For venues and times, see Movies, page 92. Rating: NN Rating: NN
When it comes to marriage, Hollywood isn't known for loyalty, but there's at least one union in la-la land that seems safe - that of effortlessly talented Julianne Moore and her misunderstood auteur hubby, Bart Freundlich .
How do I know? Multi-nominated Moore is in high demand, but she remains steadfast, starring in almost all Freundlich's films, even this latest, his worst, most mainstream effort.
A poor man's Woody Allen comedy about couples who just can't resist temptation, Freundlich dooms Moore to playing an aging actress and saddles her with a miscast David Duchovny as her conflicted spouse. When Garry Shandling turns up in a pointless cameo as their quirky therapist, it reminds all Sanders fans how much better Shandling and Duchovny are when they're given the right material.
The other couple we're meant to root for are played by the always great Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal . As the commitment-phobic dreamer and the girl who's way too good for him, they almost salvage the film, but they're sabotaged by an ending so odiously inane, you want to take back anything positive you've ever thought about them or Freundlich.
This movie wastes the talents of all concerned, including scene stealers Justin Bartha and James LeGros .