The Fundamentals Of Caring

Format:TV Movie
Country:  USA
Genre:Comedy, Drama
Rating:6.0  Rate
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DirectorRob Burnett
Selected CastCraig Roberts as Trevor
 Paul Rudd as Ben Benjamin
 Selena Gomez as Dot
 Jennifer Ehle as Elsa

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Dr Doom SUBS
9th Dec 2016
 Rated 6/10
Ben Benjamin (Paul Rudd) takes the job of caregiver for teenager Trevor (Craig Roberts) who is suffering with Duchenne muscular dystrophy which leaves him tied to a wheelchair with a daily routine of treatment and medication. A modest life expectancy is the cherry on a particularly sh*tty cake.

Trevor is an understandably troubled and cynical teenager but what becomes apparent is that Ben also has his demons and the pair quickly form an uneasy bond.

Halfway through the film turns into a kind of Road Movie, dragging in several more broken characters they meet along the way.

At it's worst the film dips into the well of Hollywood clichés but overall it stays on the right side of the cheese line. The cast are good and for a TV movie (albeit of the modern 'Netflix' kind) it has high production values. If anything I think I would have preferred a slightly slower pace and a bit more character insight into Ben and Trevor's mother Elsa. Another 30mins running time may have transformed this into a great film but as it stands I'd rate it 'good'.

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