The Upside is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Neil Burger.

Official trailers

STX Entertainment on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 released the trailer:
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 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, the recently paroled Dell is ordered to obtain signatures to prove he is seeking a job. He visits various workplaces, including 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, 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 interested in Dell rejoining their lives. He gives Anthony a book stolen from Philip's library. Desperate to turn his life around, Dell accepts the well-paying position of Philip's live-in caregiver, for which Yvonne establishes a "three strikes" rule. Dell is daunted by his new responsibilities, despite guidance from Philip's physical therapist Maggie (Golshifteh Farahani), and balks at changing Philip's catheter, earning "strike one" from Yvonne. Dell learns the book he stole was a gift to Philip from his late wife, and informs Latrice of his new job and gives her his first paycheck; he asks for the book back, but she tells him to do his own dirty work. Yvonne summons Dell back to Philip's home and declares his absence "strike three," but Philip covers for Dell.


Kevin Hart
Dell Scott
Bryan Cranston
Phillip 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


Principal photography began on January 27, 2017 in Philadelphia.

The film The Upside was scheduled to be released on September 8, 2017 (TIFF), on September 8, 2018 (TIFF), on January 11, 2019 (United States) and on February 21, 2019 (Germany) by STX Films, Lantern Entertainment, STX Entertainment, GEM Entertainment, Constantin-Film, Energía Entusiasta, Odeon - Audio Visual Entertainment, Pioneer Films, STX International, 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 $122.2 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:

Wikipedia: The Upside

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