Netflix: The Fundamentals of Caring

the fundamentals of caring

If you liked my post about The Healing Powers of Dude, you’ll probably like this one, about The Fundamentals of Caring.

With a cast including Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez, it just has to be good!

The plot of ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’:

The Fundamentals of Caring, released in 2016, tells the story of Ben (Paul Rudd), a writer who retires after experiencing a great loss in the family which changes his life forever.

The grief from his trauma results in him taking up caregiving, and that’s when he’s assigned Trevor – a stroppy 18-year-old who has a passion for landmarks (played by Craig Roberts).

Sadly, Trevor was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy as a baby, and has been confined to an electric wheelchair ever since. What’s worse is sadly, those with DMD don’t often make it past 30. 💔

Upon discovering that Trevor’s never been on holiday before, Ben suggests they take a road-trip to see his favourite landmarks…

During their trip, Ben and Trevor bump into Dot on the road, a hitchhiker (played by Selena Gomez) – who ends up joining them on their trip. They’re later joined by another companion: Peaches, a pregnant woman in need of a lift. The four of them journey together, facing demons that were buried deep along the way…

My opinion on the movie:

Watching ‘The Fundamentals of Caring’ was a roller-coaster ride of emotions. However, I enjoyed the good balance of drama and light-relief.

Its message is simple: there’s hope for everyone, no matter what you’ve been through or what your past is like.

The film is comforting, and a must-watch for people who are struggling because it reiterates what we already know deep down…

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end”

John Lennon

What about the cast?

The cast is an eclectic one to say the least, especially when you take their individual showbiz history into account…

I mean, Paul Rudd’s best know for playing Mike Hannigan in Friends. Selena starred in Wizards of Waverley Place and Craig Roberts played Rio Wellard in CBBC’s The Story of Tracy Beaker. The thought of the three of them acting in a drama just wouldn’t enter your mind… But, it actually works! 👏

I was blown away by Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts, in particular. The chemistry between them was unmatched!

As I said, Rudd is known for being a comedian – so seeing him in a different light was refreshing. His character was empathetic towards Trevor, he showed patience and resilience throughout. His performance was effortless, as was Craig’s.

And, if you remember Selena from Spring Breakers, you’ll know it wasn’t all that… I was glad she got the chance to showcase her talents here, though.

Overall, this is another one of those films that I recommend.

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