It was a typical email from Netflix. Hey we know what you want to watch, trust us. I usually just delete such emails. For some reason I was intrigued by this one. A road trip movie, hey that sounds fun, I thought.
Based on the book The Revised Fundamentals of Caring
The Fundamentals of Caring 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.
The performances are solid, the story is tight, the tale is engaging.
You root for these characters and you never know what lies on the road ahead, well almost. There is the deepest pit in the world to contend with.
Funny at times, serious at others, you will feel every emotion as you question, wonder about, and care for these characters.
This is where Netflix continues to excel, the films that would get lost in the giant world of distribution and blockbusters, can strut their stuff and entertain those who crave more than the latest explosion fest. Did you watch The Fundamentals of Caring? JUMP to the forums and let us know what you thought of it!