The Fundamentals of Caring

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2016 | NR | Comedy Drama | 1hr, 37m

Follows Ben, a retired writer who becomes a caregiver after suffering a personal tragedy. After 6 weeks of training, Ben meets his first client, Trevor, a foul-mouthed 18-year-old with muscular dystro... more

... one of the best of the year ... gleefully irreverent and refreshingly mean-spirited in its comedy ... Siddharth Martis
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Friday, June 24, 2016 Netflix Only

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Rob Burnett

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Rob Burnett

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NR Not Rated

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Follows Ben, a retired writer who becomes a caregiver after suffering a personal tragedy. After 6 weeks of training, Ben meets his first client, Trevor, a foul-mouthed 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor take an impromptu road trip to all the places Trevor has become obsessed with while watching the local news, including their holy grail: the World's Deepest Pit. Along the way, they pick up a sassy runaway and a mother-to-be who help test the pair’s survival skills outside of their calculated existence as they come to understand the importance of hope and true friendship.
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Trivia & Production Notes

  • Based on the 2012 novel by Jonathan Evison. As director/screenwriter Rob Burnett explains, "When I read Jonathan's novel I was thoroughly impressed by his careful and skillful handling of such delicate material. In lesser hands the book would have been maudlin, but Jonathan miraculously infuses a heartbreaking story with inspiration, hope and even comedy. I am honored and flattered that he trusts me to bring his work to the screen."
  • The closing night film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
  • Netflix snapped up the title’s SVOD rights for an estimated $7M.
Also Known As
  • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

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