The Fundamentals of Caring tells the story of a man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrols in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.

This is one of those films where you hear nothing about it and yet when you do, you’re glad that you eventually found out about it. Even if it’s the slightest smile that it puts on your face, it’s a smile nonetheless as it puts a little faith back in humanity and reality into a market of performers who have become popular due to how “pretty” they are instead of the quality of their acting.

Even though this film doesn’t seem like much, that’s what makes it so great. It’s not overstuffed with unnecessary garbage or subplots, relying on the naturalness of the performances given by the actors within the film. The film can be a little dark, but that’s what makes it work so well as a black comedy. You could even possibly see a bit of yourself in the characters, which is possibly what makes it great because you can actually connect with it.

Selena Gomez thoroughly impressed me with her comedic performance in this film as her music is something I can barely stand large periods of time listening to and it’s not like she’s been in anything of value that would make her recognisable as an actress. In saying this, however, she could make easily make a transition if she continues with performances like in this film.

As for Paul Rudd, I’m glad that he can finally show his ability to create something real and dramatic while also blending in his unique style of comedy. The friendship between wheelchair bound Craig Roberts that Rudd has to look after and the aforementioned Rudd was something you could totally believe. Their need for each other in different ways was clear and it was a friendship that could make them learn and grow as characters. Gomez’s character was the glue that was needed to really cement them together to get over the everyday.

It’s an enjoyable and heartwarming film, definitely one of Rudd’s hits instead of the frequent misses he’s been making. If you’re in the mood for an upbeat feel food film, this is the one for you. Do yourself a favour and watch it. Thanks, Netflix, for creating something like this instead of the trash you agreed to make with Adam Sandler.

Film-O-Meter: 6/10


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