Trust Me, starring, written and directed by Clark Gregg, brings you into the kill or be killed world of child actors, their parents and their agents, some of whom are talented and sympathetic, others not so much. The film follows Gregg’s character Howard Holloway, a former child star turned talent agent, who consistently loses his best clients to competitor Aldo Shocklee (Sam Rockwell).
One day, when the world seems darkest because his business is sinking, he finds himself relying on direct hard money lenders and he may be forced to declare bankruptcy, Howard stumbles on to an exceptionally talented new client. Trust Me follows his determined quest to help her reach the top while fending off competitors, fighting for the best deal from the producers and keeping her overprotective father in line.
It takes all of Howard Holloways’ wits and tricks to stay on top of his new client, but viewers get the feeling that Holloway not only longs for the challenge, but he might just be up to it.
The film also stars Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Allison Janney (West Wing), William H. Macy, Niecy Nash, Amanda Peet (2012), Sam Rockwell, Molly Shannon, Saxon Sharbino, and Paul Sparks, rounding out the cast with a collection of memorable faces.
The trailer for Trust Me offers a fun look at what the movie is all about—a down and out talent agent (Gregg) meeting a rising star, Lydia (Sharbino), and working to close the deal that has the potential to make both of their dreams come true. Without it, who knows where they will end up?
As is often the case with movie trailers, the clips are short and run in quick succession, barely giving the viewer time to digest one before moving on to the next, but the trailer does a good job of showing some insight into the plot. Though the main ideas behind the movie are there—the struggle for a deal that could change their lives—the trailer doesn’t give away the ending. Did Howard and Lydia come to an agreement? Is Lydia everything she seems? The trailer forces the viewer to watch the film to find out.
Categorized as a comedy drama, the film appears, from the trailer, to be more drama and less comedy. The funny scenes in the trailer lean more towards the sharp knock on funny bone type of humor than the laugh out loud variety, though Sharbino’s tough and sassy personality seem to redeem the comedic scenes. The scenes portraying Holloway’s competition with his nemesis, Aldo Shocklee, are probably meant to be seen as funny, but in the trailer, they come off only as pity inducing.
The final scenes of the trailer show Holloway on the brink of victory, outwitting his competitors, wrangling a stubborn producer and challenging his prodigy’s overprotective father, but the end leaves the viewer, perhaps by the producers’ design, feeling that something isn’t quite right. Is that suspense enough to make you want to see the movie? If you trust me, you’ll go see the movie.