Netflix has been making quite an impact on Hollywood with some of their recent acquisitions, but as of yet none of the films they've actually released have made much of a splash. Beasts of No Nation was probably the closest as it was at least talked about during the awards seasons, but what else? Certainly not the much-hyped Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny which came and went without much fanfare. Perhaps Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez can turn the tide with the recently-acquired comedy, The Fundamentals of Caring?
Debuting at Sundance where Netflix purchased it for a hefty sum, the film is directed by Rob Burnett and stars Rudd as a grieving caretaker whose first gig is caring for an acerbic sex-obsessed teenager (Craig Roberts) suffering from muscular dystrophy. The two decide to hit the road and take in the sights, picking up a feisty hitchhiker (Gomez) who changes both of their lives.
This was far from my favorite film at Sundance but Netflix should get a ton of views thanks to the pairing of Rudd and Gomez, who are both pretty watchable. The Fundamentals of Caring begins streaming this Friday, June 24th.