Victimize Burnett’s “The Fundamentals of Caring,” discharged dramatically today too on Netflix in the wake of debuting at Sundance, develops its title with the acronym ALOHA—Ask, Listen, Observe, Help, Ask Again. These are the crucial prerequisites of a parental figure, as disclosed to Paul Rudd’s Ben, a resigned essayist attempting to adapt to incomprehensible despondency by basically finding a surrogate child for the one he lost. Obviously, the film exists to demonstrate the fairly shortsighted ALOHA mistaken. There’s something else entirely to caring than any acronym could pass on, and it is frequently the startling connections we produce in life that get us over the passionate obstacles.
Unfortunately, Burnett’s film, in light of Jonathan Evison’s book, rearranges an excessive number of its subjects, floundering in acting and constrained buzzword rather than character. The main reason it’s not deplorably saccharine is that Paul Rudd, once more, grounds a film in something that feels honest to goodness.