The Upside movie merges drama and comedy, which Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman pull off with ease.
The movie follows the story of Dell (Hart), who has little confidence that life holds many promises for a man with a criminal record, no formal education, and no financial safety net. When he shows up as a candidate for the position of caregiver to millionaire author Phil (Cranston) it’s revealed he only wants one thing: a signature to show his parole officer.
Phil, despite strenuous protests from his assistant Yvonne (Kidman), insists on hiring the wholly unqualified Dell on the spot. Phil is quadriplegic, a grief-stricken widower, and, like Dell, running short on hope. Divided by race, class, and ability, these men could not be farther apart. Yet if they can bridge their differences, they may just discover a rare breed of friendship — and teach each other to live again.
Based on the international box-office smash The Intouchables from writer-directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.
The Upside movie debuts as a gala presentation at TIFF on Friday, September 8.