The Upside

 (12,868)7.02 h 5 min2019X-RayPG-13
A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.
Neil Burger
Kevin HartBryan CranstonNicole Kidman
English [CC]
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Aja Naomi KingGolshifteh FarahaniTate DonovanJulianna Margulies
Jason BlumenthalTodd BlackSteve Tisch
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Violencesexual contentfoul languagedrug use
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Lifelong Book LoverReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
LOVE it!!
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I loved the original French film and I'm not one of those people who are upset when an American film company remakes a foreign film. This one was fun, as well - the social issues were American as the social issues in the French film were... well, French. I thought this was a good story very well told.

I did read complaints that a disabled actor wasn't hired for Cranston's role and I understand that - but Hollywood is in business to make money and Cranston is a big name. I was okay with it and he did a great job.

I'm VERY happy to see that captions finally appeared - baffling that it took so long. Now, my 98 y.o. dad can enjoy this film.

It's an uplifting film, not preachy and it doesn't have a depressing ending like some of these sorts of films have. I hate when they do that. It was enjoyable from beginning to end. Well written, well acted, well directed.
124 people found this helpful
MReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't realize this is a remake
I'm surprised by all the negative reviews. I had no clue this is a remake, but we really enjoyed this movie. There was excellent chemistry between Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman. This was a perfect balance between comedy and drama, so we laughed and were entertained, and yet there was a moving story behind the humor. This was definitely a feel good movie. If you haven't watched the original and don't have issues with one of the actors, you might just like this movie. Give it a chance--I'm glad we did!
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I'm deaf I'm highly disappointed that's they don't have subtitles
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S. VecchioReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hart Pulled It Off and Cranston Was Perfection
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If this was a remake of a French film, then the French film was a remake of "Heidi" from 1937, staring Shirley Temple. The story of the unlikely outsider changing the lives of people who have given up on life in one way or another, is not new.
I think Kevin Hart had to make a believable transition, and walk a line where the audience expected him to be funny, but we soon see he has quite a dramatic side that has to be convincing,while maintaining his ex-con history, and convince Cranston, the quadraplegic who is basically waiting to die, he still has a lot more to live for.
I think Hart's performance was subtle when it needed to be, and Cranston
conveying the complexity of a character using only his facial expressions without being able to move a muscle was fantastic. Those two had the perfect chemistry for the story.

The movie had beautiful cinematography, good editing and was long enough to have time to tell a good story. Just loved it.
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Jamie L WhitfordReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A VERY good feel-good movie! Loved it!
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I've been wanting to see this movie for so long! I love Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. My hopes were that this movie was what I was expecting...I was expecting funny, emotional, get the idea. Well, I can DEFINITELY say I got EXACTLY what I was expecting. This movie was ADORABLE! I would have to say that I'd watch it again in a "Hart" beat! 5 stars!! Bravo!!!
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irondoriReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sensitive and funny take on difficult subject
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The true story and the original French version, Les Intouchables, differ somewhat, but all are touching and uplifting. The departures give us a more relatable movie storyline. While I prefer my favorite movie, the Intouchables, French with English subtitles, or dubbed, this movie included the same irreverence, comedy, and drama that the original 2011 movie had.
There is little explanation as to why an ex-con was hired instead of the 90 people interviewed before him, but the answer becomes clear as the story progresses. The caretaker of the wealthy but somewhat apathetic quadriplegic lives in and enjoys the opportunities of a wealthier lifestyle. He is able to connect with his patient/employer in a way that no one else can because he doesn't feel sorry for him. Their relationship and its outcomes are the premises of the story and they are well acted and well-developed characters. It's a story that sticks with you and you'll feel a little more hopeful about the world when it's over. I strongly recommend this movie as well as the original.
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DamirReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Uplifting. Demonstrates the comedy as a cure.
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I watched this movie three times, and I bought it.
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ladycathryn2005Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
There is a more comedic, sweet touch to this, than the movie it's based off of: The intouchables.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I laughed a lot at the interactions Dell Scott (Kevin Hart) had with all the staff and for Phillip Lacosse (Bryan Cranston) and there was a real sweetness to this movie, also. There may have been just a couple of weaker moments, than the movie this movie was based off of, The Intouchables (French). It's a nice retelling of the story. I suggest seeing both, this movie and The Intouchables.
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