A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's negatively positioned, but the message is that love can't thrive without trust.
Positive Role Models
Brooke is a young entrepreneur. Her star client, a cis Black male street artist who rides a motorcycle and wears a skirt, defies stereotypes. But most personal behavior on display here isn't role model material. Notable: There's an anti-stereotypical portrayal of lawyers.
Violence & Scariness
Men get into a fistfight over a woman.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scenes include gyrations and moaning, shadowy naked bodies in the distance, and lingerie. During sex, a man's bare backside is exposed. Large, sensual paintings of naked women. The film's plot revolves around sex and infidelity.
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Strong language includes "goddammit," "s--t," and several uses of "f--k." Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
iPhones are practically a character in this movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking in a bar, at dinner, at an event, at a business meeting. Drinking is shown to have consequences.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trust is a sexy mystery about marital fidelity with a cast likely well known to older teens: Victoria Justice (Nickelodeon) and Katherine McNamara and Matthew Daddario (The CW's Shadowhunters). The movie doesn't try to hide the fact that it's about sex. The former teen/kid stars are shown in revealing lingerie and/or sexual positions, and a man's bare backside is seen. There are also erotic paintings of naked women. Divorce attorneys declare that "everybody cheats," and the mystery involves determining which half of a couple, if either, is unfaithful. Characters drink in both social and business settings; overindulgence leads to regretful consequences. Other iffy content includes a brief fistfight and strong language ("s--t," "f--k"). The movie's outlook is cynical, but it scorches a message into the viewer's brain: Love needs trust to survive. Co-written and directed by longtime MTV executive Brian DeCubellis, the cast, music, wardrobe, and glamorous settings all seem geared to appeal to young adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer-director Brian DeCubellis hits on a sharp revelation here: For the average couple, real-life mysteries are less about nabbing killers and more about catching philanderers. He plays out Trust's mystery in rewind for viewers to figure out: Who's cheating on whom? Brooke and Owen each secretly have their doubts about the other's fidelity: Owen is getting mysterious texts and leaving in the middle of the night, and Brooke's client is like an Irish Pepé Le Pew, rubbing his swagger all over every woman who glances his way. Viewers play along, trying to figure out -- as the title suggests -- who to trust.
The enigmatic story keeps us guessing, but the reveals are less gasp and more nod. And while DeCubellis puts all of his slick, MTV-honed style in a shaker -- phenomenal music, impeccable makeup and wardrobe, appealing actors, sophisticated settings, and a fresh plot device -- it doesn't blend into a smooth cocktail. It's difficult to sympathize with any of the characters -- they're aspirational but not likable. Brooke and Owen's marriage is cold -- Justice and Daddario have zero chemistry -- so we don't have anything to measure their potential temptation against. Most viewers will be able to relate to the idea of being suspicious of the motives of attractive interlopers who seem all too interested in their partners, but why have Brooke and Owen earned each other's mistrust? The concept is more pessimistic than provocative. The movie is pushing a message of trust, but it's more likely to sow seeds of doubt into healthy relationships.
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