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The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | 24 June 2016 (USA)
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A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.

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Jodi
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Caregiving Instructor
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Ben Benjamin
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Janet
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Elsa
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Trevor
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Cute Travel Channel Girl
Matthew Pruitt ...
TV Reporter
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Courier
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Dot
Bill Murphey ...
Mike
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Eric Singer ...
James Donadio ...
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Peaches
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A writer (Paul Rudd) retires after a personal tragedy and becomes a disabled teen's caregiver. When the two embark on an impromptu road trip, their ability to cope is tested as they start to understand the importance of hope and friendship.

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Caring is a funny thing.

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Comedy | Drama

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Altruisti si diventa  »

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Selena Gomez played a foul-mouthed woman before in Getaway (2013). See more »

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After Dot and her father talked at the Deepest Pit, Ben called Dot's father "Cash", which at that time he wasn't supposed to know because he hadn't have the chance to ask Dot's father's name and couldn't have heard Dot and her father's conversation. See more »

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Dot: Trev, what would you do in that situation?
Trevor: Oh, I'd most likely shit myself.
Ben: And I most likely would have to clean it up.
Dot: Don't worry about them. They're idiots.
Peaches: Oh, okay.
Ben: I have to clean him up when he shits himself.
Dot: God.
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Over My Broken Heart
Performed by Dave & Don
Written by Donald Rollins
Courtesy of Fervor Records
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A warm idea that isn't pushed and pulled very hard--feels sorta good!
4 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

A sweet, uncomplicated movie. Paul Rudd is solid if a bit restrained (though he has a handful of great lines), but the younger counterpart played by Craig Roberts is really sharp and funny. They way they support and redeem each other is the whole of the movie.

There is an attempt to add some depth, from the straight up mother who overplays her custodial role to a couple of people who get picked up along the road trip, both quirky but neither very convincing in the larger story. They are all add-ons that have little depth. Too bad.

Yes, this is a road movie, with some well used ideas about finding weird Americana along the way to discovering yourself. It's fun, sure, but you'll find enough predictable parts to make you wish someone had take some chances. By the time they get to the highlight (which is a literal low point—you'll see), both of the add-on characters are pushed to extremes that don't resolve well.

I enjoyed the movie in some simple warm way, but don't expect brilliance. I think, in a way, brilliance was not the idea, but something more sincere and heartfelt. Hate to feel like I'm bashing a feel-good movie, but it's really the movie-making and writing, not the sentiments, that are the problem.


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