Review of THE UPSIDE – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 6 min. 

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THE UPSIDE – Rated PG-13 – 2 hrs. 6 min. 

DIRECTOR:  Neil Burger 

WRITERS:  Jon Hartmere, Based on the Motion Picture “Les Intouchables” by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache 

STARRING:  Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman and Julianna Margulies

Based on a true story and the 2011 French film “The Intouchables”,  paralyzed billionaire Phillip (Played by Bryan Cranston) is in search of his next caregiver, having fired his last, much at the dismay of his business advisor Yvonne (Played by Nicole Kidman).  Enter ex-con Dell (Kevin Hart), who is in search of a job, and who has intrigued Phillip into offering him the position, even with his assorted past, although Dell isn’t quite embracing his newfound gig as Phillip’s full-time, live-in caretaker…

As Phillip and Dell strive to make this situation evolve into a situation that is workable for them both, they find that even though their lives are very different, a friendship beyond quadriplegic and caretaker is evolving…

I give THE UPSIDE a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  The chemistry that evolves between Cranston and Hart on screen is not only palatable, it’s what keeps this film light and vibrant throughout, as they manage to bring their incredible comedic timing to a real-life situation, that is anything but…

Kidman is enjoyable to view as well in this film, playing a very pivotal role in these two men’s lives, even though she isn’t given as much screen time as we are accustomed to seeing from her.

I have to say too, that having seen the original French Film “The Intouchables” back in 2011, I was wondering going in if this Americanized version was going to be able to compete, and I am happy to report that between the superb casting throughout, and the fabulous acting and chemistry that evolves on screen with Hart and Cranston (I think that they both nailed their roles this time around),  I found THE UPSIDE to be a very entertaining and touching film to view, as it will bring a smile to your face, and a sense of joy to your heart, with each passing frame…

Kathy Kaiser