'Trust' trailer: A harrowing tale of an online predator from, yes, David Schwimmer

The new trailer for the upcoming indie drama Trust (out April 1) sets up a story destined to haunt any parent of a teenager taking her or his first steps into the wild frontier of online social networking: Loving parents (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) buy their 14-year-old daughter (Liana Liberato) a new MacBook Pro for her birthday. While online, she quickly finds a hunky and sweet high school junior in California — or so she thinks — and just as quickly falls hard for him. Then he suggests they meet. Bad idea.

The film was produced and directed by David Schwimmer, whose last film — the screwball comedy Run Fat Boy Run — was a far cry from this somber, thoughtful project, which opens April 1. But as Schwimmer told EW in 2008, while he was still developing Trust, the actor’s been on the board of the Rape Foundation for several years. “I have learned a lot firsthand with the child victims of sexual predators,” he said. “I think it’s a public health issue, and I have been thinking of this movie for the last three years.” Check out the trailer below:

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  • Rocky

    I can’t get behind this. I can barely get infront of it.

  • Tye-Grr

    Interesting. Solid casting, and it actually looks well done and like he’s handling the touchy subject matter with class and insight. I look forward to finding out more about it.

  • Heather

    I’d go see this movie. It looks very interesting plus I like Clive Owen.

  • Shakespeare

    Never would have thought FRIENDS could direct a decent movie, thought the same about Ben until I saw Gone Baby Gone.

  • Derek

    This movie is amazing! Great acting from the young woman (can’t remember her name).

    • LOL

      How would you know?

      • mina

        Well, it’s been shown at a couple film festivals…

  • jeannie

    This actually looks really good. The sensitive subject matter seems to handled very well. I’d like to see this.

  • Nick

    I wouldn’t see this in theaters, but I’d give this a try through Netflix. I’m curious to see where Schwimmer goes from here. Could this be the start of a great second career as a director? He wouldn’t be the first (Ron Howard, Rob Reiner…)

  • StewyFan

    Wow. This looks really good. And Clive Owen and Catherine Keener and Viola Davis being in the cast does NOT hurt.

  • leo

    looks like a run for next year oscars

  • arg

    looks like an elevated lifetime movie. i like lifetime movies.

  • Sara I

    This movie is truly fantastic – I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Schwimmer does an amazing job as a director. Utterly compelling and deeply moving. The main actress gives a heartbreaking performance, as does Clive Owen (especially his scene at the end) as the guilt-ridden and enraged father. I urge parents to see this with their teenage kids – it should also be shown at high schools. I saw Schwimmer’s debut feature years before (Run Fatboy Run) which was also quite good. The fact that he can switch gears and create such a brilliant and compassionate drama shows his formidable talent as a director – I was truly blown away. Cannot say enough about this film. Seriously.

  • Sara I

    Another thing: there is a scene in the movie about the father’s job as an ad man creating overtly sexy campaigns featuring actors as underage teens – the ad campaign is shown at a media launch party. The way Schwimmer juxtaposes this scene with the father’s growing guilt and shame that he (as part of the media) may be partially contributing to the sexual objectification of teens in society and creating an unhealthy climate for online predators is really well done. There is no heavy-handed or sanctimonious preaching in the scene, it is all done in a low-key way yet the importance of the message is undeniable. The fact that Schwimmer handles it so deftly and actually address that issue in such a subtle yet powerful way showcases his growing skills.

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