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Trust The Man (15)

Say romantic comedy and you probably think of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan or Doris Day and Rock Hudson in something light, fluffy and funny that leaves you with a nice warm glow inside you.

Blackburn Citizen:

Writer-director Bart Freundlich is aiming for something sharper, more honest, more Woody Allen even (he's an admitted fan of the bespectacled film-maker).

Although Trust The Man has its moments, is appealing acted and nicely observed, the finished product has a slightly smug, self-satisfied air that makes it difficult to like or care anyone in it.

The story follows the love and professional lives of two couples in Manhattan. Moore's actress Rebecca has a stay-at-home husband, Tom (Duchovny) who looks after their children and has a play-away-from-home eye for the ladies. Her younger brother Tobey (Crudup) and his would-be novelist girlfriend Elaine (Gyllenhaal) are the other pair.

As film actress Rebecca dips her toe into New York theatre, Tom neglects his childcare duties in favour of afternoon delights with a woman he meets on the school run. Elaine feels her biological clock ticking, although Tobey's only interested in having a good time without any ties.

Freundlich has cast well with real life wife Moore showing a funny side for a change, while Duchovny effortlessly raises laughs as Tom juggles his libido and his children. It's just a pity that the characters aren't more likeable enough to attract our sympathy.

Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Eva Mendes, Ellen Barkin, James LeGros, Garry Shandling 99 mins Rating three stars

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