WATCH: New Movie "The Upside" is Remake of French Film Available Now

"The Upside" is a great movie - I am sure of it.  It's a heart-warming story of a young ne'er-do-well just out of jail trying to qualify for unemployment benefits by applying for a job he's sure he won't get - as a caretaker for a man who's completely paralyzed.  The reason I know this is that I have already watched this movie - not the one starring Brian Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman that's in theaters now.  I mean "The Intouchables," the French film that was remade with American stars in English as "The Upside."  

It's a story that was made to be told in France, since it's based on a true story about people in France. While it is in French with English subtitles, my wife and I have found it has no effect whatsoever on our enjoyment of the movie.  The actors - who you probably have never seen before - are all marvelous, and the story is really engaging.  And, instead of paying $10 a person (or more) to see "The Upside," you can buy "The Intouchables" for $5 from Amazon Instant Video.

I admit I am prejudiced.  I first watched "The Intouchables" when it was released in 2012, and Christine and I have seen it many times since.  It never fails to make us laugh - and cry a bit too.  Here are the trailers to both films.  Have a look and see what you think.  You can say you watched a foreign film with a straight face!

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