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The Fundamentals of Caring Review

August 27, 2016

You know, I wasn’t originally sure if I wanted to review this movie. But after seeing that a lot of other reviews weren’t all that positive, I decided that this one could use a little more attention.

The Fundamentals of Caring premiered back in June on Netflix and stars Paul Rudd as Ben Benjamin (what an awesome name), who starts off the film by finishing a 6-week course in caregiving and then gets a job helping Trevor (Craig Roberts), a teen with muscular dystrophy.

Right off the bat, we learn that Trevor is a very enjoyable character to watch. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t let his disability stop him from getting a little enjoyment out of life (at least to a certain extent). And by that, I mean he at least has a certain sense of humor about it. And writer/director Rob Burnett uses this to add some good comedy to the film.

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On the other hand, Trevor has let his disability control him in the sense that he lets it stop him from ever going outside and truly experiencing life. That is until Ben comes up with the idea to drive him across the country to fulfill one of Trevor’s life goals of seeing the world’s biggest hole.

From here on, we get a typical yet still very well-written indie road trip drama-comedy film. We get a lot of interesting character development with each of the main characters.  I won’t spoil it, we get some good backstories that give these characters some real depth and make them feel like real people that we can connect with.

I would actually consider this one of the better 2016 movies I’ve seen so far. And I was definitely surprised that the reception hasn’t been as good as I expected. So if it sounds like your kind of movie, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.

So I give The Fundamentals of Caring an 8 out of 10. Check the movie out here: https://www.netflix.com/search/the%20fundamentals?jbv=80097349&jbp=0&jbr=0

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‘The Do-Over’ – Sandler Netflix Insanity

June 4, 2016

Adam Sandler’s The Do-Over is a really weird movie. Yeah, I didn’t exactly know what to expect going into this one considering that I knew absolutely nothing about the plot. But after watching it, I would say that it’s … average … I think?

Our protagonist here is Charlie (David Spade), an ordinary guy who hates his life. But things start to change for Charlie when he attends his high school reunion and runs into his old friend Max (Sandler). Max appears to have the life that Charlie has always wanted. So Charlie agrees to go away with Max for a weekend that soon turns into an unexpected adventure.

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It turns out, Max had a secret motive behind the duo’s weekend away. In an actually somewhat interesting and unique premise, Max’s plan was to fake both of their deaths so the two of them could both start completely new lives while taking on the identities of two recently deceased men. But without giving too much away, this quickly ends up becoming much more than they bargained for.

This scenario in the first half of this movie is enjoyable partly as a “what if?’ sort of thing. It makes you wonder what you’d do in these characters’ situations. Would you ever be willing to just completely start your life over? How bad would your life have to get before you were willing to that? And yes, I am in fact suggesting that an Adam Sandler comedy got me to think about complex and depressing issues. I’m just as surprised as you are.

That’s another problem. This movie just wasn’t really all that funny for the most part (and yes, a lot of the time, it was trying to be). The humor seemed to more revolve around the characters getting into crazy situations. And that’s not automatically going to be funny. It still has to be written in a clever way. And the comedy in this movie wasn’t really that clever.

I’m not exactly sure what to think of this movie overall. Would I recommend it? Not really. But can I at least appreciate it a little bit for its ambition? I guess. I’m giving it a 5 out of 10.


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