The Fundamentals of Caring

Published July 31, 2016

The Fundamentals of Caring

Film info

  • Title The Fundamentals of Caring
  • Director Rob Burnett
  • Year 2016
  • Run time 1hr 37m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline Caring is a funny thing

In this inspirational buddy comedy, a young shut-in and his caregiver take a road trip in search of landmarks, but end up finding hope and friendship.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:31 Aloha! The caregiving commandments.
5:19 That age old problem, how to get experience when no one will give you a job.
9:13 Good god, that’s a lot of supplements. Mega green tea!
15:42 He is literally running away from bad news.
21:45 “Is that the best you can do, I thought you were a writer?’
25:34 Firework is the only choice.
26:40 Now I really want to see the world’s deepest pit.
29:51 Yay, Selena!
33:34 “Bite of the James?’
35:27 Why would you keep a giant cow on the second floor? It’s heavy, no?
36:16 Oh, I see.
46:18 Selena swears a lot!
1:01:10 I can’t work out whether him watching is creepy or if it’s his job.
1:06:50 “Let me give you some money.” Doesn’t fix anything.
1:15:40 They got down there really quickly.
1:18:30 What a claim to fame, being born at the bottom of the world’s deepest pit!


This came recommended by good friend Lukeh, and as it has Paul Rudd AND Selena Gomez in it, I was on board immediately. It was a great recommendation as I loved the film. It took a little while to understand where it was coming from, not that it got off to a slow start, but just you’re not quite sure where it stands - is it a comedy, drama, how are you supposed to be feeling about these characters and what they’re going through?

It gradually starts coming together though, and you get sucked into this road trip and everything it means to all the people involved. The acting was superb as well, Rudd and Roberts particularly good as they played off each other well. I can’t lie and pretend I didn’t shed a tear at the end but it was for the best possible reasons.

Rating: 5/5.

Rating: 5 / 5

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