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The Upside

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Odd-couple mix of comedy and drama in which Kevin Hart is a recent parolee for various crimes who desperately needs employment to avoid returning to prison and Bryan Cranston is an uber-wealthy quadriplegic who requires a caregiver. Director Neil Burger and screenwriter Jon Hartmere have remade a popular 2011 French film “Les Intouchables,” itself taken from Philippe Pozzo di Borgo’s 2001 book, Le Second Souffle (The Second Wind), based on a real-life relationship. But there’s more than a whiff of the “white savior” formula to the stereotyped proceedings, which also trade in such dubious humor as that surrounding the changing of a catheter.

 Watch out for: Benignly viewed marijuana use, sexual humor and references, fleeting rough and crude language.

 Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13


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