The Fundamentals of Caring

“The Fundamentals of Caring” stars Paul Rudd as Ben, a grieving father and failed writer who takes a job as a caretaker for an amusingly surly teenage boy. Not that Trevor, played by a doe-eyed Craig Roberts (“Submarine”), doesn’t have a reason to be surly; he suffers from muscular dystrophy, a disorder that severely impairs his physical abilities but leaves his mind sharp. Ben and Trevor strike up an all-too-likely friendship, each being the only one to tell the other the hard truths.
Trevor is living no good kind of life by sitting inside and watching television all day. The two convince Trevor’s mother, Elsa to let them take a road trip to an aptly-named sight: “The World’s Deepest Pit.” Ehle makes the most of an underwritten part; her Elsa is overbearing with a sense of humor, fiercely protective and world-weary. If this were a different sort of film, Ben’s charm might soften her in other ways, driving a wedge between her and Trevor, but it’s not. This is yet another movie about fathers and sons, where mothers do their one job well and that’s that.

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Release Date

24 June 2016 – Worldwide

Directed by

Rob Burnett

Written by

Rob Burnett, based on “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving” by Jonathan Evison

Produced by

Rob Burnett, Donna Gigliotti, James Spies

Production companys

Worldwide Pants, Levantine Films


Comedy, Drama