John Oliver once said that the inclusion of Paul Rudd is as invaluable to a project as bacon is to a meal on a Last Week Tonight segment, and its hard to argue with that comparison. Rudd’s charms and comedic talents are staggering, even in the weakest material that he’s been involved with, and when he’s in a good movie (Ant-Man, Prince Avalanche, and the films of Judd Apatow), he adds a unique spice to the proceedings.
From the looks of the first trailer for The Fundamentals of Caring, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, we might be looking at a latter situation, especially considering the fact that Rudd will be working alongside the likes of Jennifer Ehle and Craig Roberts. The director, Rob Burnett, is known mostly from television, as a producer, writer, and director, but his vision has an endearing melancholy that one can see even in the relatively brief trailer, which you can watch below. The film arrives on Netflix, who picked up the film at Sundance, on June 24th, so I guess we’ll find out how this all hashes out when the film is available to see for all. Here’s hoping!
Here’s the first trailer for The Fundamentals of Caring:
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
The film follows the story of Ben, a retired writer who becomes a caregiver after suffering a personal tragedy. After 6 weeks of training, Ben meets his first client, Trevor, a foul-mouthed 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor take an impromptu road trip to all the places Trevor has become obsessed with while watching the local news, including their holy grail: the World’s Deepest Pit. Along the way, they pick up a smart-mouthed runaway and a mother-to-be who help test the pair’s survival skills outside of their calculated existence as they come to understand the importance of hope and true friendship.