The Downside of The Upside

Anthony De La Rosa, Movie Reviewer

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The Upside is a movie that was released earlier this year. It was directed by Neil Burger and produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. The production company behind this movie is Escape Artists Productions.  The movie was edited by Naomi Geraghty. It stars Kevin Hart as Dell Hart who is the caregiver of Philip Lacasse. It also stars Bryan Cranston who is most known for his role and the main character in Breaking Bad. He plays Philip Lacasse who is a very wealthy quadriplegic man.

The Upside is an remake of an 2011 French film which is inspired by the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo, a wealthy businessman who became a quadriplegic. The movie follows the life of Philip Lacrosse, a paralyzed billionaire, played by Bryan Cranston. He ends up having a unlikely friendship with Dell Scott, a convict on parole, played by Kevin Hart. Dell Scott is Philip Lacrosse’s hired caregiver. Together, they try to live life to the fullest despite of the situation they are in.

The Upside is classified in the category of drama-comedy. This movie can do without the “comedy”. It makes many different attempts to create “funny” moments to lighten the mood of the movie but each attempt falls flat. Each joke cheapens the profound meaning of the story. I did not expect to laugh hysterically, but with Kevin Hart as a lead actor I thought I would get more than a slight chuckle. Despite the “humor,”, I found this version to be a decent modern retelling of a excellent story. The main character is extremely wealthy, becomes paralyzed, has to cope with the death of his wife, and must trust his care to a parolee who struggles with money.  The parolee is also trying to do whatever he can to be a good father which makes me more appreciative of what I have. In conclusion, The Upside is mediocre movie that has a nice story, but only gets muddied up by cheap jokes. Despite having big names as the lead actors this movie has been a letdown. I give the rating as 3 out of 5 stars.