The Fundamentals of Caring

Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez and Craig Roberts (Submarine) lead this road movie about a washed-up writer, a teen in a wheelchair, and a runaway. Coming to Netflix June 24.

The film follows the story of 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 smart-mouthed 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.


Directed by

Written by

  • Rob Burnett
  • (based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Evison)

Comedy, Drama


Hollywood Reporter


Cleaves so closely to the stereotypes of indie filmmaking, it's as if it were created by some demonic cinematic algorithm.

Variety (USA)


Solid performances and some genuinely sharp humor elevate writer-director Rob Burnett's second feature.