->''"My cat can eat a whole watermelon!"''
''Rubin and Ed'' is a 1991 Independent film starring Creator/CrispinGlover and Howard Hesseman, directed by Trent Harris. An offbeat and often-trippy comedy, it tells the story of self-imposed hermit Rubin Farr (Glover) and middle-aged pyramid scheme recruiter Ed Tuttle (Hesseman). Ed is desperate to find someone that he can drag to his group's upcoming seminar. Meanwhile, Rubin's mother is nagging him to make a friend and bring said friend over to dinner. While on their respecive missions, the two men meet. HilarityEnsues. Weirdness Ensues too. The plot winds up going in an unexpected direction, and our heroes spend most of the movie lost in an arid Utah desert.
It's a character study, a road comedy, and (ultimately) a story about two lost souls trying to make their way in the world.
''Fun Fact:'' Although the movie came out in 1991, Crispin Glover created the Rubin character years before. In his Andy Kaufman-esque stunt on Creator/DavidLetterman's show in 1987, he appeared in-character as Rubin (well, we ''think'' it was a stunt; it's just as possible that Glover is just plain weird). He also mentions "Mr. Farr" in his 1989 song "Clowny Clown Clown" and makes a brief appearance in costume as Rubin in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH6b_lSQst0 the video]] thereof.
!!This Film contains examples of:
* AudienceSurrogate: Ed
* CloudCuckooLander: Rubin
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Rubin's addiction to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything squeezing his cat's squeaky toy]] while listening to Mahler is presented as a metaphor for this, egged on by his fantasies of a bikini-clad girl on a poster in his room.
* DeadpanSnarker: Ed
* FatAndSkinny: Ed and Rubin, respectively.
** Rubin is initially portrayed as a withdrawn weirdo who solely existed to make the audience laugh [[spoiler:and then we learn about what happened to his cat...]]
** Ed is an opportunist, sure, but he's also [[spoiler:very lonely and still partially in love with his ex-wife.]]
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler:Ed's boss.]]
** Ed's Ex
** Ed's boss
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Might end up like this when Trent Harris (the director) runs out of [=DVDs=] to sell off his site. The literal VHS tapes of the film, the only way ''Rubin & Ed'' ever saw a widespread release that wasn't order on demand, are already experiencing this, with tapes commanding prices ranging from $40 to $100 online.
* ManChild: Rubin, full stop.
* RummageSaleReject: Rubin Farr's [[IconicOutfit usual mode of dress]] includes horn-rimmed glasses, an ugly button-down polo shirt, bell-bottomed pants with pinstripes, and high-heeled platform shoes. And, optionally, a leather jacket for outings [[UselessAccessory in the desert]]. He wears these clothes because he "likes them."
* TakeThat: ''The Power of Positive Real Estate''. Really, it kills two birds with one stone.