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The Fundamentals of Caring

  • 2016
  • US
  • 95 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rob Burnett
  • Cast: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, Megan Ferguson, Frederick Weller
  • UK release: 24 June 2016

Ben (Rudd) takes a job as caregiver to Trevor (Roberts), who has muscular dystrophy. Roberts and Rudd do persuasive work but it's a cliché to cast an able-bodied actor as a disabled character who's the instrument of enlightenment for the able-bodied protagonist, and the film treats women mostly as plot devices or sex objects.

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The Fundamentals of Caring

16 Jun 20163 stars

EIFF 2016: Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts head off on a road trip with mixed results

The representation of disability is subject to such scrutiny at present that it can seem as if any disabled character is problematic to someone – too sad or too happy, too inspiring or not inspiring enough, and always subject to being read as a symbol…

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