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Synopsis:

Recently paroled ex-convict, Dell Scott (Kevin Hart) strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a quadriplegic billionaire, Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston) in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy. From worlds apart, Dell and Phillip form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities.

What We Thought:

The Upside is a movie we’ve seen many times before. In fact it’s an American remake of the film The Intouchables, but the talent involved makes it more than watchable.

It’s the classic Fish-Out-of-Water storyline that movies and TV have used for decades. Kevin Hart plays an urban man fresh out of prison trying to right his life and be there for his son and son’s mother. Bryan Cranston is the rich white guy living in the penthouse. They shouldn’t get along, they live in different worlds, but they find something in each other and are better people by the end!

It’s a tried & true storyline (especially being based on a true story), but the talent is too good not to be enjoyable. Bryan Cranston is one of the best actors of his generation. Kevin Hart is one of the biggest comedic actors of his generation. Nicole Kidman can play the ice queen better than everyone else. So even though we know this story, I still found myself laughing at the movie and wanting to know what comes of these characters.

Cranston and Hart have great chemistry together. Because of his more dramatic roles you forget Cranston can be a really funny guy. There are a couple of scenes where the two get high together that are hilarious. It’s also funny seeing them deal with Tate Donovan’s character. Of course there are a couple of cliched scenes where Hart has to help Cranston physically, but overall they are still funny enough. Add in Nicole Kidman as the straight-laced assistant who thinks Cranston made a mistake hiring Hart and it all adds up to an enjoyable film.

I have to admit that I’ve never seen The Intouchables so I can’t say how different The Upside is compared to that. I think it did help raise my enjoyment level because if I had seen it I would automatically be comparing the two while watching this. The film was a surprising hit doing almost 4 times its budget at the box office and I can see why. Even though it’s nothing original in the slightest, the cast makes it way better than it has any right to be. I was actually not overly enthusiastic to see it myself, but was pleased with how much I did like it by the end. Liking both Cranston and Hart certainly helps so if you like both, definitely check it out.

BONUS FEATURES:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Onscreen Chemistry: Kevin and Bryan – Film stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston talk about their unique characters and working together on The Upside.
  • Creating a Story of Possibility – Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston share insight on how their characters, Dell Scott and Phillip Lacasse, unexpectedly come together to help each other unlock a new world of possibilities.
  • Bridging Divisions – Director Neil Burger and Kevin Hart talk about how two very different people find common ground through compassion for each other.
  • Embracing Positivity – Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston open up about positive messages in the film and the power of hope, love, and friendship.
  • Presenting a Different Side of Kevin Hart – Neil Burger, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston discuss Kevin’s career-changing role and his fantastic performance.
  • Theatrical Trailer

Cast: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Golshifteh Farahani, Aja Naomi King and Nicole Kidman

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