Craig Roberts

'The Fundamentals of Caring' stumbles down the road more traveled

'The Fundamentals of Caring' stumbles down the road more traveled

“The Fundamentals of Caring” is a strained, overly familiar tale of catharsis and redemption. Stars Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts work hard but are torpedoed by writer-director Rob Burnett’s wanting script (adapted from the novel by Jonathan Evison), thudding stabs at buoyancy and sluggish pacing.

Ben (Rudd), an ex-novelist and newly minted caregiver, starts working for Trevor (Roberts), an acerbic 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy and a hovering mother (Jennifer Ehle). That Ben and Trevor bond as fast as they do limits the potential tension but hey, these two have a road trip to take. Of course they do.

Unfortunately, the movie sputters once they leave...

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