I couldn’t believe it. I went on Netflix, picked a random movie within minutes, and loved it. The combination of those events is so rare for me. I saw The Fundamentals of Caring when searching through the Recently Added section of Netflix and it had a high viewer rating so I went for it.
The Fundamentals of Caring had everything I love: comedy, deep thinking, a little suspense, eclectic characters, and a solid ending. It was also far from predictable. One of the funniest parts was actually how unpredictable it was. The movie is based off Jonathan Evison’s book The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.
This odd group of characters all have a unique story to bring. Each have their own struggles and are comedic in their own ways. Seeing Selena Gomez as a sassy rebellious teen and Paul Rudd as a sympathetic caretaker really add to the movie. The best character, in my opinion, is Craig Roberts who plays Trevor, a boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. While looking up more information about The Fundamentals of Caring, I read an article praising the movie for accurately portraying someone with disabilities, something not commonly found in Hollywood. Trevor is bitter, has a very foul mouth, is fearful, and completely dependent on his caretaker.
If you feel like laughing, shedding a couple tears, and learning about a fairly common genetic disorder, I’d definitely check out this movie!
While we’re at it, let me share some facts about Duchenne muscular dystrophy I found on endduchenne.org:
“Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, affecting approximately 1 in every 3,500 live male birth… Because the Duchenne gene is found on the X-chromosome, it primarily affects boys; however, it occurs across all races and cultures.
Duchenne results in progressive loss of strength and is caused by a mutation in the gene that encodes for dystrophin. Because dystrophin is absent, the muscle cells are easily damaged. The progressive muscle weakness leads to serious medical problems, particularly issues relating to the heart and lungs. Young men with Duchenne typically live into their late twenties.
Duchenne can be passed from parent to child, but approximately 35% of cases occur because of a random spontaneous mutation. In other words, it can affect anyone. Although there are medical treatments that may help slow its progression, there is currently no cure for Duchenne”