The Upside is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Neil Burger.
Starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Golshifteh Farahani, Aja Naomi King, Tate Donovan, Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Genevieve Angelson, Suzanne Savoy, Julianna Margulies and others.

Official trailers

STX Entertainment on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 released the trailer for The Upside:
The Upside | Official Trailer | Own It Now On Digital HD, Blu-Ray & DVD.

Story intro

Speeding through New York City in a Ferrari, Dell Scott (Kevin Hart) and quadriplegic Philip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston) are pulled over by the NYC police. Dell convinces the officers that he is rushing Philip to the emergency room; Philip grudgingly plays along, and the two are escorted to the hospital. Six months earlier, Dell needs signatures to prove he is seeking a job or he will be held in violation of his recent parole. He enters a building seeking a janitorial job, but ends up in the penthouse home of Philip, a wealthy quadriplegic. Philip, with his assistant Yvonne Pendleton (Nicole Kidman), is interviewing candidates for the position of his "life auxiliary" caregiver. Dell barges in and demands a signature for his parole officer. Intrigued, Philip offers him the job over Yvonne's objections, but Dell declines. Dell visits his ex-wife Latrice (Aja Naomi King) and son Anthony (Jahi Di'Allo Winston) at their dilapidated apartment, but neither is willing to accept Dell back into their lives. He gives Anthony a book he stole from Philip's library. Dell then accepts Philip's offer; Yvonne stipulates that he must show he can handle his responsibilities, and "three strikes" will get him immediately fired. Dell, having no training, is initially daunted, despite guidance from Philip's physical therapist Maggie (Golshifteh Farahani), and quickly earns two strikes. Dell leaves to give his first paycheck to Latrice and asks for the stolen book back, but she refuses. Upon his return, Yvonne gives him a third strike for his unexplained absence, but Philip covers for him.


Kevin Hart
Dell Scott
Bryan Cranston
Philip Lacasse
Nicole Kidman
Yvonne Pendleton, Phillip's PA
Golshifteh Farahani
Maggie, Phillip's PT
Aja Naomi King
Latrice, Dell's ex-wife
Tate Donovan
Carter, Phillip's neighbor
Jahi Di'Allo Winston
Anthony, Dell's son
Genevieve Angelson
Jenny, Phillip's late wife
Suzanne Savoy
Charlotte, Phillip's cook
Julianna Margulies
Lily, Phillip's epistolary love interest
Michael Quinlan
James Georgiades
Police Sergeant
Rachel Christopher
Police Officer
Diego Aguirre
Arresting Officer
Fernando Mateo Jr.
Rookie Matteo
Kimberly S. Fairbanks
Parole Officer (as Kimberly Fairbanks)
Tatiana St. Phard
Fast Food Manager
Rachel Alana Handler
Data Processing Supervisor (as Rachel Handler)
Ricky Garcia
J.J. Phillips
Guy in Elevator
Zak Corrigan
Young Man on Couch
Jayson Ward Williams
'This Ability' Applicant
Kittson O'Neill
Professional Applicant
Brian Gallagher
New Age Applicant
Phillip Chorba
Applicant with the Book
Julie Potter
Tom Schmitt
Interrupted Applicant
Tyrone Mitchell Henderson
School Guard
Christine Chang
Jason Bowen
Pia Mechler
Art Dealer
Rigoberto Garcia
Grays Papaya Server
Karen Christie-Ward
Angela Kowalski (as Karen Christie Ward)
John David Miles
The Birdman / Papageno
Indra A. Thomas
Queen of the Night (as Indra Thomas)
Mikai Anthony
School Friend
Jane Moore
Party Guest
Madeleine Woolner
Caregiver with Lunch
Ambur Braid
Lyric Soprano at Party
Erica Brookhyser
Mezzo Soprano at Party
John Moore
Baritone at Party
Yi Li
Tenor at Party
Michael William Kondyra
Wheelchair Shop Worker (as Michael Kondyra)
Nick Greece
Paragliding Pilot for Philip
Rob Sporrer
Paragliding Pilot for Dell


Principal photography began on January 27, 2017 in Philadelphia.

The film The Upside was scheduled to be released on September 8, 2017 (TIFF), on January 11, 2019 (United States) and on February 21, 2019 (Germany) by STX Films, Lantern Entertainment, STX Entertainment, GEM Entertainment, Aeon Entertainment, Constantin-Film, Energía Entusiasta, Odeon - Audio Visual Entertainment, Pioneer Films, STX International, Showgate, Amazon Prime Video, Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Film & TV House, Golden Village Pictures, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) and Universum Film (UFA).

The duration of the film is 126 minutes. With a budget of $37.5 million, the film grossed over $125.9 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


The Upside got average rating from critics. But the audience likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website:

IMDB: The Upside

Wikipedia: The Upside

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