ALMOST VERY FAMOUS
Playing out like an extended HBO pilot and featuring acting in a far superior league to its script, Agents of SHIELD star Clark Gregg’s second feature as director (following the Sam Rockwell-starrer Choke) is the condensed, extremely depressing tale of a child casting agent’s attempts to land an up-and-comer the role of the lifetime while struggling with his own professional insecurities.
Gregg takes the lead role and in it he is a saving grace for the film, bringing his usual engaging presence to every scene (he appears to almost every frame) as he interacts chirpily with the truly despicable people around him, among them Rockwell as a rival casting agent and William H Macy in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him cameo as a car salesman. When Gregg’s character Howard is at a young actor’s audition, he meets Saxon Sharbino (Amelia from Touch)’s Lydia, a teenage hopeful who- through the course of the film and after persuading her abusive uneducated father-Howard lands the lead role in a new young adult fantasy trilogy directed by Ang Lee!
Trust Me is fun enough for the first hour, with excellent work from Gregg, Sharbino and supporters Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney and Amanda Peet and some enjoyable comedy set-pieces. However, everything gets unnecessarily dark towards the end, and what happens to Howard in the last 60 seconds, whilst suggested on one of the film’s posters, is so cheesy and misjudged that it wipes one’s memory of all the good stuff in the film.
Watch the trailer for Trust Me: