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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fundamentals of Caring (2015)

This movie has Paul Rudd playing in my favorite Paul Rudd role.  And because Paul Rudd is in it, we have a sense of how the story is going to go, which could be a bad thing but in this case it is a good thing.  We meet a man who won’t sign his divorce papers but know that he will by the final scene. It’s a “lesson movie,” one in which we’re going to watch people start off in places of grief and bitterness and evolve towards happiness. Now, there’s something to be said for films that do this well. They teach us that we are all capable of more than we think we are, that even our darkest days will be followed by light.
I, for one, am a fan of these when the aim for the movie night is to not think too hard.  let the movie take you there.  This is great for that.
Rudd becomes the caregiver for a young man with muscular dystrophy named Trevor.  He is in a bad place in his life, and Trevor is sadly at the end of his life.  Together they help each other have a little bit more of a life, and the script is for the most part cleverly written and aptly delivered.

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