Paul Rudd is an American actor, producer and screenwriter. He debuted in “Clueless” in 1995, and since then, he has been nominated for and won several awards. He received a star on Sunset Boulevard in 2015. He is the kind of actor who doesn’t seem like he’s acting, portraying his characters in a natural and relatable manner.
There are a plethora of films on Netflix for those of you who find themselves in need of another Paul Rudd movie fix, whether you’re in the mood for a comedic classic or one of his more serious roles.
The Object of My Affection
The Shape of Things
The 40-Year-Old virgin
The Little Prince
The Fundamentals of Caring
This is a 1998 romantic comedy film starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston.
Nina is a social worker whose sister always tries to hook her up with a partner even if she has a boyfriend. At a party one evening, she meets George, a first-grade teacher. Paul is gay, and his partner hints to Nina that George is looking for a place to live. She suggests letting him move in with her. When George discovers what his partner has organised behind his back, he breaks up with him, ultimately moving in with Nina. The two get along magnificently until Nina finds out she is pregnant, breaks up with her boyfriend, and falls in love with George.
There will be a happy ending after many ups and downs and turnarounds.
The Shape of Things is a 2003 romantic drama film based on the eponymous play. The play’s original cast also starred in the movie: Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol and Fred Weller.
Adam is an English Literature major at a Midwestern college. He is extremely nerdy. So when he meets Evelyn, a graduate art student, who shows interest in him, he is immediately drawn to her. She will slowly coax him into changing his hairstyle, eating habits, exercise regime, and clothing style. He even changes from glasses to contact lenses. When she ultimately suggests he have plastic surgery on his nose, he obviously does.
In the end, Adam discovers he was the object of Evelyn’s thesis about changing someone’s world. She, therefore, “sculpted” him into a more acceptable person to society, but leaving Adam heartbroken and distraught.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a comedy film. The protagonist is effectively Steve Carell in the role of Andy, the 40-year-old virgin. He also co-wrote the film with Judd Apatow.
Paul Rudd plays the part of David, Andy’s co-worker and poker buddy. David, Cal and Jay, other co-workers, take it upon themselves to get Andy back into the dating scene and help him lose his virginity. A series of humorous events lead Andy to find a partner, start up his own business, get married and finally lose his virginity.
The Little Prince is a 2015 animated adventure film based on the eponymous book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Paul Rudd’s voice is that of Mr Prince, the adult Little Prince. Other great actors have lent their voices to this film: Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, and Ricky Gervais.
A young mother moves to a new neighbourhood with her daughter. To get her into the famous Werth Academy, she imposes a strict life-coaching regime on her. But the little girl becomes distracted by her next-door neighbour, who tells her the story of when he was an aviator and crashed his plane in the Sahara desert, where he met the Little Prince.
How the two stories intertwine is up to you to find out in this tender, hopeful and satisfying, beautifully animated film.
The Fundamentals of Caring is a 2016 American inspirational buddy comedy. It was first screened at the Sundance F.F. in 2016 and released on Netflix the same year. It also casts an excellent Selena Gomez, Craig Roberts, and Jennifer Ehle. It was directed by Rob Burnett.
Ben is a writer with no job, trying to avoid being served divorce papers from his wife, who became estranged after the accidental death of their little son. He decides to take a month and a half course to become a caregiver.
Once the course is over, he finds a job with Elsa, a bank manager, to care for her son Trevor suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The two bond well, and because Trevor adores American roadside attractions, Ben convinces Elsa to let them go on a road trip together.
They will meet new people, find friends, deepen their relationships and face hidden demons of the past in the hope of finally finding happiness.
Ant-Man is the 12th film in the MCU. Based on the Marvel comics character, it tells the story of a newly released from prison good-hearted thief called Scott Lang. Not having paid child support and in need of money, he agrees to “do a job” with his old cellmate. They have to break into a house and crack a safe. Once the safe is opened, he discovers it contains something that looks like a motorcycle suit. He then discovers that the whole theft was planned by Prof Hank Pym, ex S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist, to test his abilities. Because he wants Scott to become the new Ant-Man.
Like all the Marvel movies, this one does not disappoint either. The scenes with the ants are incredible, the tension is high, and the effects are amazing. The extremely talented cast includes Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Anthony Mackie.
Ant-Man was followed by Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018. Paul Rudd’s superhero role also appeared in Avengers: Endgame in 2019. The best news of all is that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania began filming at the beginning of this year and will be released in 2023.
We highlighted our favourite Paul Rudd movies available on Netflix. Now it’s up to your taste and mood to decide what your favourites are because Netflix has many more Paul Rudd movies in its extensive content library for you to discover: Captain America: Civil War with Paul Rudd as Antman, Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy with Steve Carell and Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate, and Dinner For Smucks with Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis (but you’ll need a VPN for them), Forgetting Sarah Marshall with Kristen Bell, Role Models with Seann William Scott, Our Idiot Brother with Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer, They Came Together directed by David Wain, I Love You Man with Jason Segel and Wet Hot American Summer. Enjoy them all!