Get our recommendations directly on

Netflix Curator
, download our Chrome extension for free.Learn more.

Install Netflix Curator

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

Comedy, Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.4

movie

United States of America

English

Easy, Feel-Good, Funny

2016

Rob Burnett, Robert Meyer Burnett

Alan Boell, Alex Huff, Ashley White

97 min

Synopsis

Having suffered a tragedy, Ben becomes a caregiver to earn money. His first client, Trevor, is a hilarious 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor hit the road on a trip into the western states. The folks they collect along the way will help them test their skills for surviving outside their calculated existence. Together, they come to understand the importance of hope and the necessity of true friendship.

Our Take

8.4
Jamie Rutherford

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.

Comments

D
damanda

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.

J
jack.whistle

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

A
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.

T
Travis

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.

Comments

What did you think? Who should watch it?

Next up

More like this in

Nobody’s Fool (1994)

7.1
An exceedingly earnest small-town slice of life, starring the incomparable Paul Newman

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
7.2

A winning outsider tale set in the Deep South

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

This Much I Know to Be True (2022)
best
8.1

An ethereal and healing concert film, and a personal journal for Australian musician Nick Cave

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

Topsy-Turvy (1999)
7.4

A meticulous and whimsical account of the making of the influential comic opera The Mikado

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

On the Count of Three (2021)
7.1

A darkly comic tale following two best friends on the last day of their lives

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

Rebels of the Neon God (1992)
best
8.4

A tale of yearning and obsession bathed in a melancholic atmosphere

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

On the Record (2020)
best
8.3

A music industry exposé that evolves into a complex account of Black history

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

The Wedding Banquet (1993)
7.2

A charming gay romcom filled with strong cultural detail

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

This Is Not a Film (2011)
best
8.4

An ode to the persistence of artistic freedom amidst repression

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
7.4

Back-up singers take a deserved spotlight in this Oscar-winning doc

watch later

like

have seen

Not interested

© 2022 agoodmovietowatch, all rights reserved.

We are home to the best film and TV on popular streaming services. Supported only by readers like you and by public grants.