"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!