The Upside

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The Upside
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Directed by Neil Burger
Produced by
Screenplay by Jon Hartmere
Based on The Intouchables
by Olivier Nakache
Eric Toledano
Music by Rob Simonsen
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Edited by Naomi Geraghty
Distributed by STXfilms
Lantern Entertainment
Release date
  • September 8, 2017 (2017-09-08) (TIFF)
  • January 11, 2019 (2019-01-11) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

The Upside is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Neil Burger and written by Jon Hartmere. It is a remake of the French 2011 film The Intouchables which was itself inspired by the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo. The film follows a paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a recently paroled convict (Kevin Hart). Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King also star. Filming began in Philadelphia in January 2017.

The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[2] It is scheduled to be released on January 11, 2019, by STX Entertainment and Lantern Entertainment.


A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy quadriplegic and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.




In July 2011, in addition to acquiring distribution rights in English-speaking countries, Scandinavian countries and China, The Weinstein Company acquired the rights to remake The Intouchables in English.[3] In June 2012, Paul Feig was slated to direct and write the script, with Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx and Idris Elba eyed for the role of Dell, Colin Firth in talks for Phillip, and Jessica Chastain and Michelle Williams considered for a female lead.[4]

By March 2013, Feig dropped out of directing, with Tom Shadyac in talks to replace him, and Chris Tucker was in consideration for Dell.[5] In October 2014, Kevin Hart was cast as Dell, with Firth still attached as Phillip.[6]

In March 2016, it was announced that Bryan Cranston was cast as Phillip, replacing Firth. Simon Curtis was to direct Cranston and Hart from a screenplay written by Feig.[7] By August 2016, Curtis dropped out of directing. Neil Burger was announced as his replacement.[8] A script by Jon Hartmere will be used rather than Feig's work.[9]

In January 2017, Nicole Kidman and Genevieve Angelson joined the cast of the film.[10][11] In February 2017, Aja Naomi King and Julianna Margulies joined the cast.[12][13]

On August 2, 2017, the film's title was changed to The Upside.[14]


Principal photography began on January 27, 2017 in Philadelphia. An official photo was released on January 30, 2017 of Hart's character via his Instagram account.[15]


The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2017.[16] It was initially scheduled to be released in the United States on March 9, 2018.[17] However in January 2018, following the Weinstein scandal, the film was pulled from the schedule by The Weinstein Company and moved to an unspecified 2018 date.[18] In August 2018, it was announced STX Entertainment would be partnering with the renamed studio, Lantern Entertainment to distribute the film.[19] It is scheduled to be released on January 11, 2019.[20]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 55% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10.[21] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film has a score of 56 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[22]


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  2. ^ "Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Joshua L. Weinstein (July 8, 2011). "Weinstein Co. to remake French film 'Untouchable'". Reuters. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba Up For Role In The Intouchables Remake". Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Tom Shadyac In Talks To Direct 'The Intouchables' Remake - /Film". Slashfilm. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Kevin Jagernauth (1 October 2014). "Casting: Colin Firth & Kevin Hart Are 'Intouchables,' Quv - The Playlist". The Playlist. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Andrew Pulver (March 31, 2016). "Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart to star in The Intouchables remake". The Guardian. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  8. ^ Dave McNary (August 25, 2016). "Neil Burger to Direct Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston in 'Intouchables' Remake". Variety. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  9. ^ Lauren Huff (August 25, 2016). "Neil Burger Tapped to Direct 'The Intouchables' Remake with Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart". AwardsCircuit. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  10. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 9, 2017). "'Lion's Nicole Kidman, Amara Karan Eye 'Intouchables' Remake". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  11. ^ Patten, Dominic (January 27, 2017). "'The Intouchables' Remake Adds Genevieve Angelson To Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (February 6, 2017). "'How To Get Away With Murder's Aja Naomi King Is 'Untouchable'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Julianna Margulies Joins Untouchables Movie – Plus many more notables". Philly Chit Chat. February 7, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  14. ^ Romano, Nick (August 2, 2017). "Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart's The Intouchables remake gets new title". Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  15. ^ Bion, Lucille (January 30, 2017). "Kevin Hart reprend le rôle d'Omar Sy pour le remake d'Intouchables, et ça donne ça". Konbini. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  16. ^ "Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  17. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 2, 2017). "'The Intouchables' Remake With Kevin Hart & Bryan Cranston Gets New Title, Keeps Release Date – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  18. ^ Pederson, Erik (January 19, 2018). "Weinstein Company Pulls 'War With Grandpa', 'The Upside' & 'Mary Magdalene' Off Release Schedule". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  19. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 15, 2018). "STX Partners With Lantern For Global Distribution Of Weinstein Co.'s Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston Pic 'The Upside'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  20. ^ McNary, Dave (September 6, 2018). "Kevin Hart-Bryan Cranston Drama 'The Upside' Gets January Release Date". Variety. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  21. ^ "The Upside (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  22. ^ "The Upside reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 27, 2017.

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