Clark Gregg may be best known — at least now — for his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson in, well, just about every Marvel property imaginable, but the multi-hyphenate also has an entire resume packed with very different films, including a pair of singular directorial outings. Gregg first tried his hand behind the camera with 2008’s Choke, a big screen version of the Chuck Palahniuk novel of the same name. If you know Palahniuk’s work, you probably also know that Choke isn’t exactly family-friendly.
And neither is Gregg’s next, no matter how feel-good it may seem early on.
For Gregg’s next directorial outing, Trust Me, he pulled true triple duty — not only did he direct the film, he also wrote an original script for the feature and starred in it (he adapted the screenplay for Choke and had a small role in the final film) — and the result is kind of a mixed bag. The film’s plotline is certainly compelling, especially coming from a guy who’s been in Hollywood for a long time, as it sees Gregg playing a struggling agent who specializes in finding new kid talent for the big screen. Things are not going so well for Gregg’s Howard Holloway, both professionally and personally, but that changes when he meets a tween star-in-the-making (Saxon Sharbino) and sets about landing her a major deal.
Take a look at the film’s first trailer, and keep an eye out for a big tonal shift.
See? It starts off fun and wacky, but there’s a definite change somewhere around its middle, which actually echoes the film itself. For all its good-natured sadsack humor in its first half, the film still drives towards a very unexpected end. It’s certainly worth a watch.
The film also has a great cast to help it along, including Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Niecy Nash, Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell, and Molly Shannon.
Trust Me will arrive on VOD on May 6, and will hit theaters a month later, on June 6.
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