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The Fundamentals of Caring


Having suffered a tragedy, Ben becomes a caregiver to earn money. His first client, Trevor, is a hilarious 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor hit the road on a trip into the western states. The folks they collect along the way will help them test their skills for surviving outside their calculated existence. Together, they come to understand the importance of hope and the necessity of true friendship.

Actors: Paul Rudd , Selena Gomez , Jennifer Ehle , Craig Roberts , Megan Ferguson , Patti Schellhaas , Walter Hendrix III , Robert Walker Branchaud , Julia Denton , Bobby Cannavale
Directors: Rob Burnett
Country: USA
Release: 2016-06-24
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  • Leah Greenblatt

    Caring may be fundamental, but it never quite feels necessary.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Frankl

    It’s only frustrating that however funny Fundamentals is, the dynamic is something we’ve seen many times before.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    As in Ant-Man, there's lots of shopworn redemption-plotting to get through here, and a sense that the filmmakers find the kind of jobs actually available to Americans a little beneath someone as twinkly-cute as Paul Rudd. But — also like in Ant-Man — the pleasures of Rudd overpower the programmatic elements.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    The Fundamentals Of Caring is about as generic as indie dramedies come. (It even has ukulele on the soundtrack.) That doesn’t make it a bad movie—the cast all turn in convincing performances, and the dialogue is occasionally quite clever—but it doesn’t make it a memorable one either.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Andrew Pulver

    Inevitably, perhaps, it pulls its punches, and soft-pedals on any authentic misery that its scenarios might evoke. But its essential amiability and decency comes through.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    Solid performances and some genuinely sharp humor elevate writer-director Rob Burnett’s second feature.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The only reason it’s not unbearably saccharine is that Paul Rudd, again, grounds a film in something that feels genuine. He’s never an actor that comes across forced, and he does his best to find the truth in Burnett’s overwritten script. Full Review
  • Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

    It’s true that few movies are this aw-shucks nice these days, and for a short while The Fundamentals of Caring finds ways of retaining that kindness without lapsing into platitudes.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    The Fundamentals of Caring is a strained, overly familiar tale of catharsis and redemption. Stars Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts work hard but are torpedoed by writer-director Rob Burnett’s wanting script (adapted from the novel by Jonathan Evison), thudding stabs at buoyancy and sluggish pacing.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    The Fundamentals of Caring cleaves so closely to the stereotypes of indie filmmaking, it’s as if it were created by some demonic cinematic algorithm.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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