The Upside

The Upside

(2019)

Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman star in Limitless director Neil Burger's take on the French classic, The Intouchables.... More

Phillip Lacasse (Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralysed after a hang-gliding accident forms an unlikely friendship with recently paroled ex-con Dell Scott (Hart), a man in need of a job and a fresh start. As they get to know each other, Phillip and Dell bridge their differences and gain invaluable wisdom in the process, renewing each other's joie de vivre.Hide

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  • There's something so disarming about Phillip and Dell's relationship that you're gradually sucked into it without asking too many questions. Full Review

  • The central odd-couple characters effectively utilise both the comic skills and dramatic abilities of Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, whose affectionate chemistry provides a large part of the film's appeal. Full Review

  • Boasts funny, powerful performances, but can’t escape its racial subtext. Full Review

  • So little has been done to update or refresh "The Intouchables" for American culture or a new audience that "The Upside" has no integrity as a separate piece of work. Full Review

  • "The Upside" was probably never going to be a good movie, but it needn't have been such an unfortunate, spectacularly ill-timed one, the victim of circumstances it ultimately has neither the wit nor the imagination to transcend. Full Review

  • Jon Hartmere's script has genuinely funny moments and is blessedly short on crassness: even a scene involving catheters and colon hygiene is less cringey than you might expect. Full Review

  • The suggestion - even in a crowd-pleasing comedy - that America's racial divides can be bridged by Pavarotti and a joint is downright Stone Age. Full Review

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