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The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

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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

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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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 book's title is "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving". They made it shorter for the film adaptation. See more »

Goofs

When Ben, Trevor and Dot are driving in the night, the warning light that shows up on the dashboard is actually the 'check tire pressure' light, not a faulty fuse like Ben later states. 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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Surprisingly pleasant and overly warming.
27 June 2016 | by dmchardy98See all my reviews

I never review movies, but this is an exception. I have never been so pleasantly surprised by a movie in such a long time and I really have to commend the cast for doing such a great job. The movie was heartfelt from start to finish and included just the right balance of laughs and tragedy to keep the overall mood upbeat.

The story, which I will refrain from spoiling, is one that can be related to everyone, regardless of our circumstances. It presents a clear choice that we make everyday; live life to its fullest or use excuses to keep everyday the exact same until we die. I believe that there is no greater message worth spreading.

As I said, I have no intent on spoiling this movie whatsoever, but if you happen to run out of movie ideas, this is a solid choice even for family viewing, despite the 15 certificate.


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