Trust Me

June 5th, 2014


Trust Me

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In an attempt to sign a Hollywood starlet, struggling talent agent and former child star Howard Holloway must contend with her volatile father, a scheming long-time rival, and a producer and casting director who despise him.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 6.4/10 (946 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Clark Gregg

Stars: Clark Gregg, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney

A struggling agent for child actors and former child star himself, Howard Holloway spends years losing his most talented clients to his slick, arch-nemesis Aldo Shocklee. Until the day that Howard encounters the brilliant and unsigned 13 year-old Lydia who is on the brink of securing the lead in a new Twilight-style franchise. Howard tries desperately to close the deal of a lifetime and make his precocious young client a star while managing her drunk, volatile father, Aldo's relentless poaching attempts, and the hostile machinations of the project's casting director and mega producer, who both despise him. But the closer he gets to achieving the Hollywood score he has chased all his life, the more he develops a growing suspicion that his innocent young starlet may not be at all what she seems.

Clark Gregg - Howard
Felicity Huffman - Agnes
Allison Janney - Meg
William H. Macy - Gary
Niecy Nash - Angie
Amanda Peet - Marcy
Sam Rockwell - Aldo
Molly Shannon - Janice
Saxon Sharbino - Lydia
Paul Sparks - Ray
Keith Ewell - Ofc. Wiley Bruno
Stella Gregg - Charlotte
Maxwell Smith - Ben
Gareth Williams - Chet
Phoebe Neidhardt - Counter Girl

Taglines: He'll Make You A Star If It Kills Him.


Official Website: Official Facebook

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 6 June 2014

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User Review


Rating: 9/10

This started out looking like a comedy, and indeed the comedy continued throughout the film. Then it turned into a drama, and finally revealed itself as a classic film noir. I can't say too much without spoiling it, but after thinking about it, all the noir elements were there from the very beginning, and it played out beautifully.

The story is fairly simple--a former child star is now an agent in Hollywood representing child actors. He's not doing too well; his clients are stolen by another agent, and he's struggling to get by. His fortune changes when he signs a young unknown actress, new in town from Oklahoma, with a stage dad who frequently threatens to derail everything. And then the fireworks really begin.

The script was excellent, with plenty of zingers for the outstanding cast. Amanda Peet had some particularly great lines, and she delivered them with relish. There were a number of other performances by great actors, friends of Clark Gregg, but who were also obviously attracted to the script, an actor's dream. It was clear they were all enjoying themselves.

Although the film should be enjoyable for anyone, it's even better if you know something about the inner workings of Hollywood, and who doesn't these days?

Outstanding performances all around, but the real revelation is 13-year-old Saxon Sharbino as Lydia, the young actress at the center of everything. In one scene she goes from ordinary girl to actress to star in a matter of seconds.

I saw this film at the Dallas International Film Festival and I am not affiliated with the film or its participants.


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