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The Fundamentals of Caring
The Fundamentals of Caring poster
Directed by Rob Burnett
Produced by Rob Burnett
Donna Gigliotti
James Spies
Main cast Paul Rudd
Craig Roberts
Selena Gomez
Country of origin United States of America
Release date January 29, 2016 (Sundance Film Festival)
June 24, 2016 (Worldwide)
Running time 93 minutes

The Fundamentals of Caring is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Rob Burnett, based on the 2012 novel of same name by Jonathan Evison and stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts and Selena Gomez. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 29, 2016 and was released by Netflix on June 24, 2016.[1]


  • Paul Rudd as Ben
  • Craig Roberts as Trevor
  • Selena Gomez as Dot
  • Megan Ferguson as Peaches
  • Jennifer Ehle as Elsa
  • Frederick Weller as Bob
  • Bobby Cannavale as Cash
  • Julia Denton as Janet


On October 11, 2012, Worldwide Pants' Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman acquired the film rights to Jonathan Evison's novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving.[2] Burnett would adapt and direct the film.[2] On January 7, 2015, Paul Rudd was added to the cast to play the male lead, which Donna Gigliotti and James Spies would produce.[3] On January 13, Selena Gomez also joined the film.[4]

On December 7, it was announced that the original title, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, had been changed to The Fundamentals of Caring.[5] It was later revealed Bobby Cannavale and Frederick Weller had been cast in the film.[6][7]


Filming began on January 22, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.[8][9] In early February filming took place in Cartersville, Georgia.[10] Filming concluded on February 26, 2015, after 26 days of filming.


The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as the Closing Night Film.[11] In January 2016, prior to the film's premiere at the festival Netflix acquired global distribution rights to the film.[12] It was released on Netflix on June 24, 2016.[13]

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a rating of 78%, based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10.[14] On Metacritic the film has a score of 55 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15]

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