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The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | 24 June 2016 (USA)
2:27 | Trailer
A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.



(screenplay), (novel)
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3 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jodi
... Caregiving Instructor
... Ben Benjamin
... Janet
... Elsa
... Trevor
... Cute Travel Channel Girl
Matthew Pruitt ... TV Reporter
... Courier
... Dot
Bill Murphey ... Mike
... Burly Helper
Eric Singer ... Burly Helper #2
... Waiter
... Peaches


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.


Comedy | Drama


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24 June 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amizades Improváveis  »

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2.35 : 1
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There was a lot of controversy surrounding the fact that Selena Gomez had to smoke a cigarette for her role as Dot. 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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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 See 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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