The Fundamentals of Caring (2016), Dir. Rob Burnett

The Fundamentals of Caring (2016), Dir. Rob Burnett
Bite of the James? Is that what they say in your country?
— Ben, The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

Stars: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson, Bobby Cannavale, Julia Denton.
Director: Rob Burnett
Screenplay: Rob Burnett

'Aloha'. A=Asking, L=Listening, O=Observing, H=Helping, and A=Ask again. The Fundamentals of Caring.

This is a sweet, simple film with Ben (Paul Rudd) becoming a new caregiver for Trevor (Craig Roberts) who has muscular dystrophy. It is a small tale that opens up to a road trip which collects Dot (Selena Gomez) along the way.

As Ben and Trevor make their way across the country seeking out the lamest roadside attractions on their way to the worlds deepest pit. It sticks with the formula of the classic road trip; having a schedule that changes as new people jump into their van. The chemistry between Rudd and Roberts is quite entertaining and Gomez is fun to have along the way.

While this film does show Trevor's care routine it is light on the realities of Ben's job. It focusses more on the relationship that Ben and Trevor have with one another. Ben is there to break Trevor out of his routine and remind him that he is allowed to enjoy his life while Trevor is there to remind Ben that there is more to life than torturing yourself over something you can never change.

I really enjoyed myself with this film. It is not by any means the greatest one out there but it does deliver on the good feel side of cinema even if it is a bit clunky at times. These men learn to care and trust each other. They have times where they don't agree and at times where they are wrong—and they are not afraid to admit it. To see men caring for each other is kind of a rare thing on film (not the rarest, but, well you know what I'm saying) and that this caring comes naturally between them. It is just a pleasure to see a growing relationship that evolves the more they understand one another.

Solid feel good movie.