The Upside Reviews
Based on the true unusual pairing of a released convict (Hart) hired to care for a rich quadriplegic (Cranston), it‚(TM)s what we expect from adult-centric comedy-dramas, minus the use of cheap and ineffective montages that are such a crutch for most meet-cute friendship films. Instead, it takes time to slow down in multiple moments to let the characters and scenes really breathe. Cranston is expectedly good, but Hart surprises in a more subdued role than we normally see from him while still getting his moments to blow-up, recalling Seth Rogen‚(TM)s turn in 50/50. When it‚(TM)s funny, it‚(TM)s very funny (the catheter scene is a standout), while the ‚overcoming limitations‚? message and performances lead to a true affection for this odd couple.
The platitudes are lame and aplenty. The characters make unnatural leaps to fulfill what the script needs at each moment. The director employs suspect film tropes to no purpose (why do filmmakers insist framing their movies with a late-story scene at the beginning of their movie?). Still, genuine feel-good, crowd-pleaser movies are rare these days, so what the heck. Gimme the dowsides if they accompany comedy and heart this satisfying.