William H. Macy
Trust Me (R)
Comedy 90 June 6, 2014
Trust Me, a sometimes sharp-toothed look at the Machiavellian machinations of the modern film industry, vaguely calls those films to mind (as well as Altman's The Player) with its supporting cast of scene-stealing actresses (Molly Shannon, Allison Janney, Amanda Peet, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash) and actors (Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Clark Gregg) who've all carved grooves for themselves as magnetic, eccentric talents. Gregg, who wrote and directed the film, stars as Howard Holloway, erstwhile child star turned struggling, low-level talent agent.
After his last client is poached by sleazy hotshot agent Aldo (Rockwell), Holloway stumbles into representing 13-year-old Lydia (Saxon Sharbino), a precocious novice/Lolita-type with a plot-jarring scheme up her sleeve. The film isn't as biting as The Player or Swimming with Sharks, and neither Howard's struggles nor Lydia's mystery is a match for the electricity when the supporting actresses are onscreen in their brief roles. Somewhere in that fact lies inadvertent commentary on Hollywood's ongoing cluelessness regarding what to do with its overstock of female talent.