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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This is a very cynical movie, and the one character who seems to care and wants to try to help others is continually backstabbed and betrayed. The movie seems to say that you need to be tricky and hard to succeed, and if you're not, then don't bother.
Positive Role Models
Howard Holloway, though not successful, is still somewhat admirable. Aside from some questionable behavior, he genuinely seems to care about the well-being of his young clients, and in one case he even decides to give up a sure-fire deal to do the right thing.
Violence & Scariness
A man is shot in the stomach, and blood is shown seeping from the wound. There's a suggestion of a father sexually abusing his teen daughter, though nothing is shown or proven. A man gets a bloody nose during a minor car crash. A drunken, violent man threatens other characters in more than one scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and a woman kiss passionately. Also plenty of innuendo and references to sex: a woman is referred to as a "MILF"; a character references a special "night together," and the woman responds that she was drunk; a character references a young actress' "breast buds"; a "topless car wash" is referred to; while on the phone, a character uses the phrase "he's going to give it to me hard."
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Language is very strong and colorful, including "f--k" and "s--t" in various permutations, as well as "c---sucker," "ass," "a--hole," "hell," "bastard," "damn," "goddamn," "oh my God," "douche," and "balls." A character says "son of a ---" but doesn't finish. Middle finger gestures are shown. A young boy calls a man an "a--hole" and uses a middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Trader Joe's is mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character drinks from time to time, either socially or to unwind (vodka, wine, etc.). A secondary character is shown to be something of a habitual drunk; he appears drunk, belligerent, and threatening in more than one scene. He explains about how, because he was drunk one night, he failed to perform an important task.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trust Me is an indie dramedy about teen actors in Hollywood that was written and directed by Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Clark Gregg. It has some very dark moments, including a gunshot to the stomach (with pooling blood) and a suggestion of the sexual abuse of a teen girl by her father. Language is very strong, including frequent use of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as plenty of other words. The main character drinks alcohol in more than one scene, and a supporting character is shown to be a habitual (and dangerous) drinker. There's some sexual innuendo and kissing, but nothing too intense. Since a teen girl is one of the main characters, the movie raises issues of teens working in movies, relationships with parents and agents, and the general backstabbing, corrupting atmosphere of the movie business. It will likely give viewers 16 and up something to discuss. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Not all of the movie works, but the middle section (the majority of the movie) is an affecting character study. It explores the down-but-not-quite-out Howard, touching upon the small moments of victory that he's spent his life trying to recapture. Lydia is also an interesting character, clearly trying to make up for loss and pain in her young life, and the two make an interesting pair. Co-stars like Rockwell and Allison Janney, despite their great talent, can only play backstabbing Hollywood villains, but Peet is adorable as the spunky girl next door.
Gregg, who's best known for his recurring role as Agent Coulson in the Avengers series, made his directorial debut with 2008's twisted Choke. TRUST ME is his follow-up, and it's inherently sweeter and more wounded -- but, as if in an effort to join the two films, it seems forced into much darker territory in its final act. Gregg provides a prologue to foreshadow it, but it still doesn't quite fit.
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