Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Fundamentals of Caring


The Fundamentals of Caring is a Netflix Original movie directed by Rob Burnett. Recommended to me by my friend Brandon, it stars Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts. 

Ben (Rudd) becomes an at-home caregiver years after his son passes away in a tragic accident. A "retired" writer who refuses to sign the divorce papers, Ben decides to take a course to become certified in caregiving in hopes to get him out of his slump. And Trevor ( Roberts ) is his first client. It just so happens that Trevor is a young man with Duchenne muscular distrophy and, even with a handicap, has a quick whit and a sarcastic attitude that challenges Ben from the get-go.

The gentleman decide to embark on a week-long trip to all the sites that Trevor has marked on his map; one including a stop to see his estranged father. Within that week, they also meet Dot ( Selena Gomez ) who is hitchhiking to Denver, and a pregnant woman named Peaches who is headed to see her mother. The women are not main characters, but they definitely help with key stories in the movie. They include "rebirth" and, of course, first love.

In the end, everyone is safe and sound and you will see at closing that Ben is writing again. 

But as you watch the story unfold, you see Ben regain his strength and learn to forgive himself. And Trevor realizes that a handicap does not mean you must live a life of solitude. You see both characters grow as the movie plays and each regain their own sense of hope for the future.

An independent film shown at this years Sundance Festival, it is currently listed under New Releases on Netflix. A dark comedy of sorts, it is well done and a heartfelt story. 

Rotten Tomatoes has this movie rated as a 6.3/10 but I would probably give it about an 8. It's a low-budget independent film and, of course, I love me some Paul Rudd. I thought that it was a nice Sunday movie. I didn't get to sit down and watch it straight through but I did finish it. And I don't think I "wasted my time" watching it.

So, if you are a fan of Rudd and independent films, I suggest that you add this one to your list on Netflix!