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The Upside (2017)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 11 January 2019 (USA)
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A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.


Neil Burger


Jon Hartmere (screenplay by), Éric Toledano (based on the motion picture "Intouchables" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Hart ... Dell Scott
Bryan Cranston ... Philip Lacasse
Nicole Kidman ... Yvonne Pendleton
Aja Naomi King ... Latrice
Jahi Di'Allo Winston ... Anthony
Genevieve Angelson ... Jenny
Golshifteh Farahani ... Maggie
Tate Donovan ... Carter
Julianna Margulies ... Lily
Suzanne Savoy ... Charlotte
Michael Quinlan Michael Quinlan ... Jack
James Georgiades ... Police Sergeant
Rachel Christopher ... Police Officer
Diego Aguirre ... Arresting Officer
Fernando Mateo Jr. ... Rookie Matteo


Philip is a disabled white billionaire, who feels that life is not worth living. To help him in his day to day routine, he hires Del, an African American parolee, trying to reconnect with his estranged wife. What begins as a professional relationship develops into a friendship as Del shows his grouchy charge that life is worth living. Written by Tom Daly

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Based on a true story.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This is the second film in which Nicole Kidman was cast over Jessica Chastain, the other being Grace of Monaco (2014). See more »


When Lacasse is talking about how he had his accident (Dell asked him), he says the weather that day was very bad and there was lightning. But during Lacasse's flashbacks, when he opens his eyes and sees his wife, the sky is clear blue with very little, if any, cloud cover. See more »


Dell Scott: I scare you?
Yvonne Pendleton: Yes. Yes, you do, Mr. Scott. But not for the reasons you're implying. As powerful as Mr. Lacasse is... he is a vulnerable man. So, does it scare me to think of him in the wrong hands? Yes, it does.
Dell Scott: Well, he don't seem to think these're the wrong hands. He picked them.
Yvonne Pendleton: And why do you think he picked you?
Dell Scott: Because I'm the best candidate.
Yvonne Pendleton: Because you were the worst candidate. By far
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Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by George Tichy, Failoni Kamerazenekar (as Budapest Failoni Orchestra) and Michael Halász
Courtesy of Naxos in America, Inc.
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Stands on its Own
13 April 2019 | by nowegoSee all my reviews

Having seen the original more than five times I can say this easily compares in quality. The original Intouchables from 2011, is in French so you need to read subtitles which never worried me. It is brilliant so if you like this and don't mind subtitles find it and watch it.

Normally I am not a huge fan of remakes that the US does of successful foreign movies, but this is an exception to the rule and I will have no hesitation watching this again.

Ignore the bad reviews they either have not watched this or are just remake haters. This has everything a good movie should have and it is highly entertaining.

Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman and especially Kevin Hart are just superb, such a feel good movie with a very very good ending.

Just like I gave Intouchables a few years ago this is an easy 9/10 for me.

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Release Date:

11 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$37,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,355,000, 13 January 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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