The Friends star steps behind the camera to direct Clive Owen and Catherine Keener in the harrowing film about a teenager lured to a motel for sex by an online predator old enough to be her father.
The swearing and adult themes landed the movie a restrictive R-rating in America, meaning viewers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Schwimmer and his team are fighting for a lower age rating to make the movie more accessible, and he is adamant he won’t be pressured into making any changes.
He tells Deadline.com, “There is no nudity, no overt sexuality other than what needed to be implied for a scene in the hotel room where we learn that a rape took place. I think the scene was tastefully handled. The idea that Clive’s character should respond by shouting ‘Fiddlesticks’ is just not real. Let’s face it, kids have heard and seen it all.”
And the actor/director insists he’s frustrated by the way the industry is regulated, adding: “What I find frustrating is there are plenty of films that get PG-13 that are so violent. There is a double standard. You can’t show nudity or hear the F-word, but you can show people being blown to bits and chopped up. Maybe a public forum will show that the ratings system needs to be updated to reflect the times. It is quite old.”
Trust hits theaters in the U.S. on 1 April (11).