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The Fundamentals of Caring 2016 / Now On Netflix

Best Film

The Fundamentals of Caring is an offbeat comedy/drama starring Paul Rudd as a man attempting to overcome his looming divorce by becoming the caretaker for a teenager with muscular dystrophy (Craig Roberts, Submarine). The two develop an unconventional relationship based largely on sarcasm and profanity, delivering many laugh-out-loud moments, while also slowly exposing the pain each is carrying inside.

Together, at Ben’s urging, they embark on a road trip across the western United States for Craig to see the world. It’s somewhat formulaic but fun and touching road movie that covers much familiar ground, but also offers a fine illustration of caregiving, personal growth, and emotional healing. Paul Rudd is as good ever, and Roberts is utterly superb. One of the best movies on the Netflix Originals catalog, and an undeniable winner, all-in-all.

Written By: Jamie Rutherford

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Anne Michaud
Anne Michaud

Laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes crude, often touching. A profane young man (Craig Roberts) is confined to a wheelchair. His caregiver (Paul Rudd), who is nursing a heartbreak, set out on a cross-country trip.


Great movie, leaves you thinking for a long time after. Its great when you’re feeling lonely it gives you another perspective of life from someone else’s point of view. Would definitely watch this movie again. It’s inspiring.


Funny, touching, and simple. Paul Rudd is in his element as a dad dealing with tragedy. Great movie.


A nice movie. It’s melodrama-free which I appreciated given the subject matter. I found the ending a little bit premature but oh well.



  • Genre

    Comedy, Drama
  • Mood

    Easy, Feel-Good, Funny, Grown-up Comedy, No-brainer, Quirky, Slice-of-Life, Sunday, Uplifting, Well-acted
  • Starring

    Craig Roberts, Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez
  • Directed by

    Rob Burnett, Robert Meyer Burnett
  • Written by

    Jonathan Evison, Rob Burnett
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