Trust Me (SIFF 2014)

Howard (Clark Gregg) lives a fast-paced Hollywood life as an agent for child actors, but any of his clients showing the promise of success are continually poached by his rival, Aldo (a wonderfully comedic jerk played by Sam Rockwell). Although he tries to keep up appearances, Howard’s professional and personal lives are in a slow, depressing, downward spiral. Then he meets 13-year-old Lydia who is on the verge of a star-studded breakthrough and seems committed to sticking with Howard as her agent. Is this finally his big break?

Satisfying little comedy-drama written and directed by Clark Gregg and shot over 20 days with a star-studded cast put together out of Gregg’s circle of friends. They play stereotypical characters that provide genuine laughs (as well as some uncomfortable ones). This was definitely a labor of love for Gregg, and I think the outcome is an entertaining film that will especially play well for fans of the actors involved.

Provided Film Synopsis
The life of a child actor is a path fraught with peril. No matter how much of an impact a young star may make in the pop culture zeitgeist, adolescence, senescence, and obsolescence await them. Howard Holloway (writer-director Clark Gregg, The Avengers) somehow made it out of the downward-spiraling career of his youth unscathed, but he never made it out of Hollywood. Now a floundering talent agent representing the field where he found minimal acclaim, Howard has but a few child clients under his wing, and most of them treat him with a soul-crushing indifference. There may be a glimmer of hope, however, when Howard stumbled upon his big break, one in the form of 13-year-old Oklahoma émigré Lydia (Saxon Sharbino, "Touch"). If he can get her to trust him, avoid the bumbling wrath of her alcoholic father, and book her for a starmaking turn in an upcoming vampire movie franchise, perhaps fame and fortune is within reach. But has he bitten off more than he can chew? Featuring an all-star supporting cast including Felicity Huffman and Allison Janney as tormented producer and casting director, Amanda Peet as a friendly neighbor, Molly Shannon as a controlling stage mom, and Sam Rockwell as Howard's unctuous rival Aldo Shocklee, this is a cinematic satire with a harsh bite.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Clark Gregg
  • Cast Members:

    • Allison Janney
    • Amanda Peet
    • Clark Gregg
    • Felicity Huffman
    • Sam Rockwell
    • Saxon Sharbino
    • William H Macy
  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Black Comedy
    • Comedy
    • Drama