Co-starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Laurence Fishburne and Jamie Chung, the film is William H. Macy’s directorial debut
His character, Sam, steps back from the business world, drops off the grid and moves onto a sailboat. He’s both figuratively and literally adrift until he stumbles across the music his son left behind.
Sam seeks catharsis by performing his son’s songs on stage. “My son’s name was Josh Manning,” he says, stepping up to the mic.
Co-star Selena Gomez, who is teary-eyed and grief-stricken throughout, is hoping to bounce back after “Behaving Badly,” which was universally loathed by critics earlier this month. Macy’s inspirational musical drama might be her chance.
“Rudderless,” written by Macy, Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison, also stars Felicity Huffman, Laurence Fishburne and Jamie Chung. The film sets sail in theaters and on VOD Oct. 17.