Review: The Fundamentals of Caring

The Fundamentals of Caring


A writer (Paul Rudd) retires after a personal tragedy and becomes a disabled teen’s caregiver. When the two embark on an impromptu road trip, their ability to cope is tested as they start to understand the importance of hope and friendship.



I started this movie without any idea of what the Netflix original movie would be about. All that I saw was simply Selena Gomez and Paul Rudd. Throughout the hilarious movie I laughed, cried, and just about died at the ending.

Each character introduced in the storyline is essential in its entirety. Paul Rudd plays Ben, the main character, and the caretaker. His character holds himself back until pushed by Trevor, the young man he is taking care of. Trevor has muscular dystrophy. His entire life he is afraid of doing anything out of routine until Ben comes into his life. My favorite character in the story would probably be Dot (Dorothy) played by Selena Gomez. She tells everyone what they need to hear. Her character is very much realistic, which I definitely needed. While other characters do come and go in the movie, these three (pictured above) are the backbone of the movie.

Basically, this movie is a fun, American-ized version of Me Before You minus the romance-centered plot. When the movie started I had no idea what it would be about, as said before. As the movie progressed, however, I noticed main similarities between the two movies/plots, shallowly. On the contrary these movies are completely different. Ben and Trevor’s relationship is the focus of the movie rather than the romance. The Fundamentals of Caring does hold romance but not enough for a focus. Paul Rudd’s character, Ben, takes Trevor on this journey to see all of his dreams (such as The World’s Largest Pit) outside of his house where Trevor sits day in and day out. Along the way the duo picks up a few strangers and becomes what Trevor calls, “A taxi cab for America.” The duo plays hilarious pranks on one another until the very end of the movie, as well, which grows the relationship between Trevor and Ben.

The Fundamentals of Caring holds a quirky romance between Selena Gomez’s character, Dot, and Trevor. Trevor crushes on Dot from the moment he sees her, and eventually gets a date at a local diner. The two younger adults don’t necessarily fall in love, but I would like to believe they are pretty darn close by the end of the movie. I can’t imagine the romance budding normally, but rather after a few awkward questions from Dot, Trevor grows to become more sure of himself. Dot brings out Trevor’s boldness while Trevor shows Dot she is worthy of more than a douche for a boyfriend. I loved the realistic romance between the two and still do.

Finally, The Fundamentals of Caring’s ending brought tears then quick laughter to my eyes. <spoiler> When Ben begins writing his next book, a sudden feeling of dread filled me. This can’t be like Me Before You this much. I thought it couldn’t be true. And it wasn’t. My favorite scene would have to be either the ending scene or the peeing scene at the World’s Largest Pit. The humor and laughter from this movie amazed me. I just couldn’t stop. </endspoiler>

Overall, The Fundamentals of Caring is a must-see even if you don’t think you would like it. I loved it! I loved it. Simply said, watch it right now. Take a break from your other Netflix binges and watch The Fundamentals of Caring.

What did you think of the movie? Are you going to watch it, or rewatch it? Tell me your thoughts below!


Much love, XOXO,

~A Writer Named Charley~


3 thoughts on “Review: The Fundamentals of Caring

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  2. I loved the movie. The story. The sweetness. The caring and the roughness of it all. The end wrapped it all up in a bow, which Somehow made it easier to let go of my attachment to the characters but wasn’t as satisfying as the ride. Really good ride!

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