The Fundamentals of Caring premiered on Netflix June 24, 2016, and is based off of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Evison. The story follows Ben (Paul Rudd), an out of work guy that is postponing signing his divorce papers, and Trevor (Craig Roberts), who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Trevor and his mother have just recently moved from the UK to the US, and Trevor has never been far from his home outside of the plane trip over. Ben gets his certificate in caregiving, and his first client becomes Trevor, much to his mother’s disbelief. Trevor spends his days watching TV, eating waffles, and labeling a map with the US’s roadside attractions (such as largest Bovine and deepest pit). Ben and Trevor easily fall into a rapport with each other, and Ben helps Trevor and his mom agree to a road trip to see a good portion of the attractions while his mom is on a work trip.
Along the way, Ben avoids being served with a court order, they pick up hitchhiker Dot (Selena Gomez), Trevor goes on his first date, they confront Trevor’s father, and they help a woman give birth. Not only do they discover what America has to offer in the way of roadside attractions, they also discover how to cope with what has happened in their life: Trevor being abandoned by his father soon after his diagnosis, the death of Ben’s son, and Dot’s issues with her father.
This movie has solid performances from all of the actors, and shows the acting range far beyond Disney that Selena has. At its heart, the movie is about learning to cope with your past and how to move on towards your future. If it wasn’t for the R-rated language, this movie would be a staple in any family’s movie collection.
Where to Watch: Netflix (Watch the Trailer)