This movie gave me all of the emotions, and the best part about it is that I was not expecting it to. I was just browsing through Netflix when I noticed the new arrival of The Fundamentals of Caring. I remember briefly seeing a trailer for it not too long ago, probably on Youtube, and while I thought it looked charming and cutesy, I didn’t think it would make me go through the emotions that I did. Honestly, I was truly impressed with this film as a whole.
The Fundamentals of Caring is about a man named Ben (Paul Rudd) who has recently become a professional caregiver after a personal tragedy put his writing career on the back burner. While interviewing for a position, he meets Trevor (Craig Roberts), a potential first patient. Trevor is a troubled teenager who suffers from muscular dystrophy. As Ben and Trevor become more comfortable with one another, they embark on a road trip to visit a few obscure landmarks that Trevor has always wanted to see.
The Fundamentals of Caring has a very dry sense of humour. The exact kind of humour that is perfect for me. While it had it’s funny moments, it also managed to take on a more serious tone when it needed to. It was heartfelt and beautiful and I have been thinking about it for a couple of days now which definitely makes it memorable. It’s a perfect story about overcoming your fears, moving on and living your life to the fullest.
I have always liked Paul Rudd, but I had never really considered him to be one of my favourite actors until recently. He’s hilarious and his comedic delivery is perfect. He also has the ability to take on a more serious tone even if he is known more-so for his comedic roles. Also, does this man ever age? I swear to god he still looks the same as he did in Clueless for crying out loud.
When Trevor was first introduced in the film, I knew right away that I had seen this actor somewhere before. Then I realized that he was in the newest season of Skins (UK). I used to watch Skins religiously and I just knew I had recognized him from somewhere. Then my sister pointed out that he was also in Neighbours which I completely forgot about. Craig Roberts did a fantastic job in portraying a cynical teenager living with muscular dystrophy. He has some serious sarcastic British humour and it was perfect. The ongoing competition between Trevor and Ben to see who could out-prank the other were some of the best scenes throughout the entire movie. Craig Roberts and Paul Rudd had great chemistry and their comedic styles worked perfectly together.
As the two go on their road trip, they meet a young, foul mouthed, teen runaway named Dot (Selena Gomez). Trevor is instantly drawn to her and a new unlikely friendship begins. While I loved the relationship between Trevor and Dot, I’m not sure how I felt about Dot’s story. I don’t think it was explored enough. They never really went into to much detail about why she was on the run and why she needed to go where she was trying to get to. I did enjoy her character though and I wish that we learned a little bit more about her.
I completely, one hundred percent, loved this movie. It was the perfect little indy flick that I didn’t know I needed. I loved the characters, the acting, the writing and the overall nature of the story. This movie was amazing, right down to the very last scene, which I though was brilliant.