The Fundamentals of Caring

Synopsis: A writer (Paul Rudd) retires after a personal tragedy and becomes a disabled teen's caregiver. When the two embark on an impromptu road trip, their ability to cope is tested as they start to understand the importance of hope and friendship.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Rob Burnett
Production: Netflix
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


Caregiving is not just

about feeding and clothing and cleaning.

It is also about understanding

how to navigate

a complicated relationship

between those who give care

and those who are in need of it.

If you find yourself lost,

frustrated, confused,

you can always come back

to this helpful mnemonic device:


Ask, Listen, Observe, Help, Ask again.

The fundamentals of caregiving

are to give care...

but not care too much.

If you truly want a lasting career

in caregiving,

you'll need to adhere

to the caregiver commandments.

Writ these down. They're important.

I cannot take care of another

unless I first take care of myself.

Ben. Ben, come on.

I know you're in there.

My needs are equal to the needs

of the person to whom I am giving care.

Caregiving is difficult.

All I can do is try my best

and maintain a positive attitude.


you're a certified caregiver.

Just always remember:


Ask, Listen, Observe, Help, Ask again.

Nothing less. Nothing more.

You must be Mr. Benjamin.

- Elsa Conklin.

- Hi.

I was transferred to the States

about nine months ago,

and we've yet to find

a permanent caregiver for Trevor.

The transition's been difficult,

to say the least.

The flight over was the first time

he'd ever been on a plane and...

Well, let's just say,

he's never really been one to relish

being outside of his house,

let alone 30,000 feet in the air,

or here in another country.

So, tell me,

why'd you choose to be a caregiver?

I like helping people.

Do you have clients at the moment?

This would be full-time.


Can you tell me about

some of your previous clients?

Trevor would be my first client.

Oh... I'd asked them

to only send people with experience.

Oh, um...

No, I have the certificate.

I took the... It's a six-week course.

Yeah, I've taken it. It's all right.

It's just that I specified that we...

Hello. I'm sorry. You know, I'm so sorry.

Did I do something wrong?

I put on aftershave this morning.

That's something I don't normally do.

Is he sensitive to smells?

Trevor, that's enough.

Pick a number between one and 3,500.

Wha...? Huh?

It's a game. Pick a number.

- Three.

- Nope.

Two thousand, four hundred and sixty-four.

Sorry, no job.

Trevor, this is Ben. Do you have

any actual questions for him?

What kind of aftershave are you wearing?

- Trevor.

- What?

This guy thinks retarded people get upset

by aftershave. That's brilliant.

How does that work, exactly?

Is it, like, "Oh, no. The smell.

I don't understand where it's coming from.

Please, somebody help."

You're not retarded.

And don't use that word.

People worse off than you, you know?

That's true. Like retarded people

that are forced to wear aftershave.

Sorry. My child has a unique sense

of humor.

Do you have kids?

No. I know I don't have any experience,

but I took the course

and I'll work very hard. I...

I've been out of work for a while

and I could really use this job.

Yeah, but if we're gonna

throw down nine bucks an hour

for somebody to wipe my ass, we need

somebody who knows how to wipe an ass.

Tell me, Ben, given the opportunity,

how exactly would you wipe my ass?

You're being rude.

I think it's a reasonable interview

question, given the scope of the job.

True or false?

This man has to wipe my ass.

I'd wipe it in such a way

that when I was done,

there would be no shit left on your ass.

He's the one.

- Hey.

- Hi.

Did you bring them?

Ben, did you bring the divorce papers?

Oh, you know what? Uh, I never got them.

I know you got them.

I shoved them under your door.

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