The heartfelt story of an unexpected friendship

REMAKE: A scene from "The Upside." Courtesy of

Sometimes the best friendships are the ones we discover in the most unexpected ways.

In "The Upside," the friendship between Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston) and Dell Scott (Kevin Hart) is no exception.

"The Upside" is a remake of the French film "The Intouchables" that tells the true story of a black ex-convict and paralyzed white billionaire who change each other’s lives for the better.

This unexpected bond between the two begins when the highly unqualified Dell, to his and everyone’s surprise, is hired by Phillip to be the billionaire’s caretaker.

Dell’s carefree nature teaches Phillip that though it seems that all hope is loss, there are things still worth living for.

In turn, Phillip — specifically his money — gives Dell that little needed push to turn his life around and amend his relationship with his son.

As can be expected from a film starring Kevin Hart, the script is full of scenes sure to get the entire theater bursting with laughter.

The countless jokes and Hart’s performance are the perfect comedic reliefs for the otherwise dull story.

Despite the overwhelming amount of laughs it induces, the movie maintains a healthy balance between comedy and heartfelt moments.

The ups and downs the pair endures throughout the movie and the moments of sentiment offer a genuine side to Hart that we don’t see often.

It gives the audience a brief break from the laughter before snatching them back in with his typical humor.

The downside of it all is the predictability of the movie. For a story based off real people, the movie is blatantly cliche.

I couldn’t help but feel as though I’ve seen the movie before. Same story, different faces. Not to mention the class and race stereotyping.

However, what the movie lacks in uniqueness, it makes up for in comedy.

Overlook the clicheness, and you’ll find a light, funny and heartfelt movie about unexpected friendships and discovering the upsides of life’s challenges.


The Scoop coordinator, Spots on The Rock columnist and Life documenter. Email: Follow Tihu on Twitter and Instagram at @tihualujan.

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