The Upside

Release Date: January 11th, 2019

PG-13 |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

Phillip is a wealthy quadriplegic who needs a caretaker to help him with his day-to-day routine in his New York penthouse. He decides to hire Dell, a struggling parolee who's trying to reconnect with his ex and his young son. Despite coming from two different worlds, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom as Dell and Phillip rediscover the joy of living life to the fullest.

Cast: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King, Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Genevieve Angelson, Golshifteh Farahani, Tate Donovan

Director: Neil Burger

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Escape Artists

Distributors: STX Films

Keywords: Amusing , Transformation , Family , Emotional , Friendship , Son , Hospital , Tense , Underdog , 2010s , Inspiring , Hilarious , Love , Rise , New York City

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Jordan MintzerThe Hollywood Reporter

    The pairing of Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in the lead roles pays off big time, with more laugh-out-loud moments than the original and some particularly hilarious work from Hart, who steps up his game after his fun if broad-minded performances in Get Hard and the Ride Along movies. show more

  • 70
    Allan HunterScreen International

    In the end, The Upside is the sum of its good players and dubious politics, wrenching genuine tears from a story that celebrates the rich promise of life in all its shades of joy and heartbreak. show more

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The film as a whole never takes flight, though not for lack of trying. show more

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