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The Upside (2019) Reviewed by Jay

11 January 2019

Jay´s Review

At least when they decide to do a remake, they pick an outstanding movie! "The Intouchables" (spelling verified) was an audience favorite ("Most Liked") when this sweet, funny French film was featured at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival. 
Now, we are treated to a cast of proven actors, an experienced director and a screenplay that is modified to suit American tastes. Here is how I viewed Director Neil Burger's depiction of this true story about the unlikely pairing of a paralyzed billionaire and his irrepressible caretaker. 
The cast:
  • * Kevin Hart ("Ride Along") So what if Dell  has a record? All he needs is a signature so his parole officer is happy. So what if that guy is rich? He still puts his pants on one leg at a time, doesn't he? Well... maybe not...
  • * Bryan Cranston ("Robot Chicken") Phillip  is sick and tired of timid caretakers. His paralysis didn't happen because he liked to play it safe. Dell is rude? Bring it on!
  • * Nichole Kidman ("Big Little Lies") Yvonne has a job to do and Dell  is clearly not qualified. She is efficient, elegant and horrified by his crass behavior.
  • * Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") Lily  is a bit too shy for anything beyond an epistolary relationship (look it up...smile...).
  • * Aja Naomi King ("How to Get Away With Murder") Latrice  has put up with Dell's shenanigans long enough. She has their son to raise and can't keep hoping Dell will change.
  • * Jahi Di'Allo Winston ("Proud Mary") Anthony only knows his dad has never had his back.
As you watch this PG-13 film, please keep in mind that it is based on two very real men who remain friends to this day. Expect some medical lore, an irreverent mouth and a lot of patented Kevin Hart humor. If I were to grumble it would be about Hollywood, once again using racial stereotypes because it's easy. You know, the neglectful father and the delinquent alimony checks. Grrr...
Bottom line? YOYO (You're On Your Own).

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