The Fundamentals of Caring was one of the most poignant films to make its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. But before it was shown to the festival’s attendees, Netflix scooped it up and bought the rights. Now, the streaming giant is preparing to release the movie to its audience this Friday.
The film follows Paul Rudd’s Ben, a former writer who becomes a caregiver to earn some money. He begins looking after a cynical 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy named Trevor, played by Craig Roberts, who spends his time creating maps of strange American landmarks. Despite Trevor’s loner tendencies, the two eventually become friends (because even though it deals with some depressing subject matter, The Fundamentals of Caring is, in the end, a feel-good movie) and embark on a road trip to see the “the world’s deepest pit,” which, as Trevor says, “just sounds so depressing, I love it.” On their journey, they meet Dot, a runaway played by Selena Gomez, and Peaches, a pregnant woman played by Megan Ferguson, and strike up a friendship.
Written and directed by Emmy award winner Rob Burnett, the film was based on Jonathan Evison’s novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. With a healthy mix of humor, cynicism, and real issues, The Fundamentals of Caring is sure to be another original success for Netflix.