While not exactly a road-movie gem, TRUST ME is a slightly tarnished low-budget treasure worth rescuing from those cinematic junk bins known as video-store shelves. After catching her lover, Senator Cain (Bob Morrissey), in bed with a bimbo, his mistress Alex (Therese Tinling) storms out of the Senator's life with a career-damaging sex video. During her...read more
While not exactly a road-movie gem, TRUST ME is a slightly tarnished low-budget treasure worth rescuing from those cinematic junk bins known as video-store shelves.
After catching her lover, Senator Cain (Bob Morrissey), in bed with a bimbo, his mistress Alex (Therese Tinling) storms out of the Senator's life with a career-damaging sex video. During her travels she picks up a hitchhiker, Jeremy (Adrian LaTourelle), who wants a lift to Red Creek, Montana where
a $10,000 payment for a contract killing awaits him. Meanwhile, sniffing out a juicy scoop, ambitious newscaster Peg (Cindy Shrieve) begins trailing fugitives Alex and Jeremy. Although claiming to be a hard-hearted hit man, Jeremy melts in a crisis during which gutsy Alex is forced to shoot an
harassing local named Big Eldon (Baba Ganoush). When Jeremy temporarily splits, he's picked up by horny foot fetishist Ronnette (Christia Mastin) who facilitates his escape from a mechanic he rips off.
By the time he reunites with Alex, she's rifled his belongings to discover his photos of a hit have been faked with a friend so they can split a pay-off. Complicating their exodus is Peg, who hopes to nail a network contract with the fugitives' inside story about the Senator. When Cain's
representative Briggs (Jevon Hull) tracks Alex to her sister's phone sex outlet and gets lethally chomped by a pit bull, Peg puts the late Briggs' fingerprints on the Big Eldon murder weapon and offers to barter this in exchange for Alex's sex tape. During a rendezvous in which a mobster is so
unimpressed with Jeremy's bogus photographic proof he demands his front money back, Cain arrives and agrees to fork over cash not only for his tape but for the release of Alex and Jeremy. After the Senator double-crosses the gangster and a shootout ensues, Alex flees with the illicit video which
she eventually trades with indefatigable Peg for the incriminating finger-printed weapon.
Of all the rip-offs, rehashes, and homages inspired by SOMETHING WILD, TRUST ME tiptoes above a crowded field of Demme-wannabes. Admittedly, the picaresque storyline runs out of steam and not all of the film's droll detours pay equal dividends. Veering from thrills to laughter on hairpin turns,
TRUST ME engages viewers' sympathies toward the two sharply written protagonists. Although utility players LaTourelle and Tinling don't pump in super octane star-power during this cockeyed odyssey, they act their roles with welcome comic restraint and underplayed charm.
Of all the zany inventions in this loosely structured but coherent script, none engenders more amusement than the conniving of gung-ho reporter Peg, a sort of Lesley Stahl on amphetamines. As mediaholic as Diana Christenson in NETWORK, this hilariously driven on-air personality filters all
experiences through their potential as news bites. If you're all sweaty from big-budget bombs strenuously overplayed by the overrated, you can cleanse your entertainment pores with this more modest feel-good exercise.(Extreme Profanity, Violence)
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