Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies, Golshifteh Farahani DIRECTED BY
Neil Burger SCREENPLAY
Jon Hartmere (Screenplay by), Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (based on the movie Les Intouchables by) MPAA RATING
Rated PG-13 RUNNING TIME
125 Mins. DISTRIBUTED BY
STX International OFFICIAL WEBSITE
"The Upside" has Almost Nothing but Downsides
We live in a world that celebrates the advent of faux proms that segregate rather than integrate.
We live in a world where a disabled person's Olympics must be "special."
We live in a world where nearly 80% of working age adults with disabilities are unemployed but not unemployable.
We live in a world where viral videos, or inspiration porn, objectifies those with disabilities and glorifies false stereotypes and exploits the very people it claims to celebrate.
So, you'll have to excuse me if I'm not particularly surprised that Hollywood has gifted, sarcasm noted, the disabled community once again with a film that is about us but without us. Based upon the French film The Intouchables, The Upside stars Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as Philip, a billionaire businessman whose vacation hang-gliding accident ends in "tragedy" in the form of quadriplegia.
While the 2011 French film also starred a non-disabled actor, Francois Cluzet, the film was a critical success largely on the strength of the chemistry between Cluzet's Philip and Omar Sy, who played his carer in the film, and it seemed nearly inevitable that the film would find its way stateside.
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The Independent Critic is proud to support Indy-based Heartland Film by committing to the 50/50 x 2020 Pledge - By the end of the year 2020, The Independent Critic will achieve gender parity in its reviews of both shorts and feature films. Furthermore, The Independent Critic also pledges support for the Ruderman Family Foundation's call for authentic representation of people with disabilities in film and actively commits to leverage its journalistic influence to effect genuine change in the film industry by calling for and actively promoting authentic and inclusive casting and hiring of people with disabilities.