Sword of Trust

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  89 min.
Release Date: August 2, 2019 - Toronto - TIFF Bell Lightbox

Current rating: Rating: 1.50
based on 4 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell, Toby Huss, Dan Bakkedahl, Lynn Shelton


Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and her girlfriend Mary (Michaela Watkins) discover the only thing Cynthia inherited from her deceased grandfather is an antique sword that he believed was proof that the South—not the North—won the American Civil War. The two attempt to convince a curmudgeonly pawnshop owner Mel (Marc Maron) and his man-child sidekick Nathaniel (Jon Bass) of that fact, but the men unconvinced. However, when Mel goes online, he discovers that the item is worth tens of thousands of dollars, so they try to cut a deal with the ladies.

The four of them reluctantly join forces to sell this rarefied item to the highest bidder, but when unscrupulous and dangerous men show up to Mel's shop looking for the sword, it complicates matters.

Director: Lynn Shelton
Studio: IFC Films
Producer(s): Lynn Shelton, Ted Speaker
Screenplay: Lynn Shelton, Michael Patrick O'Brien
Official Site: ifcfilms.com/films/sword-of-trust

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  • 1 star "I suppose this film was supposed to be a comedy but I never laughed even once. There were about four other people in the theatre who didn't laugh either through the entire film. When the lights came on everyone kind of left in silence with nothing to think about and wondering how a film like this got made. The acting seemed faked and forced and the premise of the story was silly and not believable. This film was definitely the worst bomb of 2019 I have seen. I recommend to skip this one-even if you are bored and just want to see anything. Lion King any one?"
  • 2 stars "Meh, it was ok but the premise of the story was a bit absurd and not believable. I did laugh at a few places but I found the humor rather dated. If a film like this had come out in the 1980's it might have been original enough to capture the audience but Sword of Trust is more like something one might expect to see on a 90's sitcom and is not worth spending nine dollars to go see."