Clark Gregg’s Choke, which was released in 2008 may be the lesser known in the cinematic world but his directorial debut skillfully translated the author’s trademark of black humor to the screen without a glitch. For his second directorial job, Gregg once again goes in for a funny stuff with a truly dark edge. Trust Me is more rough  and amazing than any other recent comedy films. Gregg’s initial stellar (the first part), ends with a sudden, tone and with a changing twist. Ultimately, he is never able to fully settle with his dark comedy with a shade of genuine darkness. The movie will take its audience inside the twisted world of deal making among Hollywood’s elite that tries to capitalize on the talents and abilities of would be child stars. While the movie Choke is centered on Sam Rockwell’s otherwise average beyond that severe sex addiction, Trust Me focuses on Gregg Howard, a miserable and sad Hollywood agent whose trying to find the next big kid thing.

Trust Me is all about Hollywood's elite and how they gamble for the sake of their future,

Trust Me is all about Hollywood’s elite and how they gamble for the sake of their future,

It is not that easy and it is not fun in some ways because his particular career path seems like to be the weirdest soul crushing career avenue that one can ever imagine. Gregg Howard does not know any better and he does not know anything else – He’s been in the game since he was a child actor himself. His work as a Hollywood agent is not going well. Thanks to his inability to advance his kids to the next level and competing agent, Rockwell running at his heels whenever he gets close. Howard is also an awkward, overworked, socially inept, and desperate but dependably kind of a talent agent.

He is a person that you want to succeed but you just don’t know if it is possible. Here comes Lydia, a new teen actress with actual chops who for some reason she thinks that Howard is the guy to represent her in a big deal for a new drama-love genre that is set to be helmed by no less than, Mr. Anglee. Suddenly, representing the soon to be star in Hollywood, Howard’s entire life begins to turn around in  just a matter of hours. Even his hot neighbor, Amanda Peet is talking to him and it looks like nothing could possibly stop him from climbing to the top.

Although Trust Me is a well-balanced combination of black humor, with nerve wrecking business dealings and character developments Gregg has thrown away those laughters that came from a place of pain and fear. Excellently, there was a major plot movement in the middle of the movie. Also, Trust Me changes every element of the film, and while Gregg’s bold choice is to be liked, the film never recovers from a specific change which ultimately replaced those sharp insights with depressing clichés. He neatly covers everything with tons and tons of exposition, a chain of callbacks to an earlier script reading and a little bit of magical realism.

Lastly, there are genuine and good performances from the actors most especially from Gregg, Rockwell, Peet and Sharbino. A sharply funny first part, fearless series of twists and turns though they are not always successful, they are still worth praising. In the movie, some of the twists have resulted in an uneven film that after a good and strong first part; it suddenly falls into a weird mish-mash of genre and tones that left its audiences with a cinematic whiplash. Below, is Trust Me’s official trailer.

The movie Trust Me”works better than Gregg’s first film but it does not have too much in the way of pop or polish. Generally, this a small cinematic presentation but when it focuses on its characters, there are some quite stirring moments to be found. Watch it.

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