Netflix has announced that it will launch the original film, The Fundamentals of Caring, on 24 June 2016, everywhere Netflix is available. The film premiered this year at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as the Closing Night film, and will get a theatrical awards qualifying run.
Based on the novel by Jonathan Evison, and written, directed and produced by Rob Burnett, The Fundamentals of Caring stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson and Frederick Weller.
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 sassy 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.