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‘‘The Upside’’ is the tru-ish story of ex-con Dell, who is desperate for a job after getting out of prison in order to try to reconnect with his family. He happens upon Phillip, a billionaire quadriplegic looking for a caregiver.

The two instantly hit it off and help one another rediscover the joy and purpose of living.

Directed by Neil Burger, this film is the nth remake of the French movie, ‘‘The Intouchables.’’ The movie is very well done. Phillip has a beautiful home, exotic cars, fancy friends; meanwhile, Dell is rough and street wise, making for some moments of comedy gold.

The whole appeal of the story comes from the love the two characters develop for one another, the compassion for someone that struggles differently than you do, and the realization that disabled people are very much like everyone else.

As sweet a story as this is, it’s the same movie that’s been done dozens of times over. What makes this iteration so successful is its actors. Bryan Cranston has proven his excellence in both drama and comedy alike. He is an extremely gifted actor and this role is no exception. Kevin Hart, normally known for his comedies, shows he has more to offer the world than just being the clown. He nailed his clichéd character, Dell, while bringing some much needed levity to this emotional storyline.

Even Nicole Kidman, who is a gifted actress with impressive range, was perfect for the part of Cranston’s assistant. Were it not for the perfect cast, this movie would have been very run-of-the-mill and forgotten as soon as you walked out of the theater.

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There is no real violence in this film, not a lot of action at all. There’s some racing some mighty fine looking cars and smashing some expensive breakables, but that’s about the extent of it.

There is a bit of language, but most of it is fairly mild, though.

There is no nudity, but a bit of innuendo. One of the funniest scenes involves the implied learning to manage Phillips catheter, with hilarious results that you can probably imagine. There is some mild drinking and drug use. The benefits of marijuana are touted.

‘‘The Upside’’ is predictable and clichéd, but that’s to be expected from the same story that’s been told and retold a thousand times. The chemistry between the players in this game are what truly make it shine.

This film has a lot of Hart (pun intended) and soul, leaving a lasting impression long after the final credits roll. I guess you could say, if you’re looking to go see a feel good drama/comedy, this one really doesn’t have a downside.

I give it a warm, fuzzy 7/10.

Safe for teens and adults. Will make you want to go out and hug somebody.

Rated PG-13 for suggestive dialogue and drug use.

Run time: 125 warm and fuzzy minutes.

Wade Modisette is a local husband and father that seeks the best and most appropriate entertainment for his family. A movie connoisseur in his own mind, he seeks to educate his friends and community on quality choices for their family. Find more reviews and information at wadereviewsstuff.wordpress.com.

Wade Modisette is a local husband and father that seeks the best and most appropriate entertainment for his family. A movie connoisseur in his own mind, he seeks to educate his friends and community on quality choices for their family. Find more reviews and information at wadereviewsstuff.wordpress.com.

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