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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.

Director:

Rob Burnett

Writers:

Rob Burnett (screenplay), Jonathan Evison (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Huff ... Jodi
Donna Biscoe ... Caregiving Instructor
Paul Rudd ... Ben Benjamin
Julia Denton ... Janet
Jennifer Ehle ... Elsa
Craig Roberts ... Trevor
Ashley White ... Cute Travel Channel Girl
Matthew Pruitt Matthew Pruitt ... TV Reporter
Alan Boell ... Courier
Selena Gomez ... Dot
Bill Murphey Bill Murphey ... Mike
Robert Walker Branchaud ... Burly Helper
Eric Singer Eric Singer ... Burly Helper #2
James Donadio ... Waiter
Megan Ferguson ... Peaches
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amizades Improváveis See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The sign in front of the church that Ben enters at the very beginning of the film to attend his caregiver class carries the name "Abundant Life Church", a likely nod to one of the main themes of the movie. The church is actually North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, GA. See more »

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Some of the cut scenes that they say are in Utah are definitely not. See more »

Quotes

Peaches: What's it like being a parent?
Ben: Every corny thing you've heard about having a kid is completely and utterly true... It's the only reason we're here.
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Bright Whites
Written by 'K. Ishibashi'
Performed by Kishi Bashi
Courtesy of Joyful Noise Recordings
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Absolute Gem and A Must See
29 June 2016 | by redproton88See all my reviews

I truly enjoyed this film and really didn't want to see it end. Not sure if this has been mentioned on any of the other reviews or boards, but I thought this film had a similar spirit to The Road Within, another fantastic and quirky road trip film. Some critics complain about the predictability of the film, but I couldn't disagree more. I never felt deceived or played to with clichés. There was a definite playfulness that I greatly appreciated. There was great chemistry among all the cast and I would highly recommend a watch. It's uplifting, hopeful, poignant and often at times laugh out loud funny. Based on a novel, the story is about a middle aged man who has suffered incredible losses and becomes a caregiver and gains a new perspective. A true gem and one i could see re-watching with friends and family. I rarely write reviews, but this is one I am more than happy to make the time and spread the word!


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