The Fundamentals of Caring

Lists: Comedy, Drama

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 1360 (Rank from 2016: # 61)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 33.33%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Bryan Lienesch84 - About as feel-good as a decidedly dark comedy like this can get.
Dan O'Neill70(full review)
Often Off Topic Allie Adkins70 - A beautiful little movie that doesn't push itself hard enough as either a comedy or drama.
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People Involved

  • Paul Rudd (Ben)
  • Craig Roberts (Trevor)
  • Selena Gomez (Dot)
  • Jennifer Ehle (Elsa)
  • Bobby Cannavale (Cash)
  • Megan Ferguson (Peaches)
  • Frederick Weller (Bob)
  • Walter Hendrix III (Quarry Patron)
  • Patti Schellhaas (Car Dealership Customer)
  • Robert Walker Branchaud (Burly Mover)
  • Julia Denton (Janet)
  • Rob Burnett (Director)