Mid-budget star vehicles are often said to be things of the past or off-season novelties. The Upside is the latter, released in January, banking on the star power of its leads and wisely avoiding confrontation with, letā(TM)s be honest, better movies. The Upside is a loose remake of the 2011 French modern classic The Intouchables. The plot centers on an ex-con struggling to find work who finds himself in the employ of a reclusive billionaire paraplegic as his caretaker. Both learn to overcome their personal dilemmas through their partnership and eventual friendship, as you would expect for this kind of fare. Iā(TM)m told this movie is more saccharine and conventional than The Intouchables was. What I can confirm is that itā(TM)s fairly predictable. What does work about The Upside is the comedic chemistry between Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart. Both give bravura performances that overcome the melodrama and some of the best scenes involve them bullshitting, listening to music and arguing over it, or just driving around. Nicole Kidman plays āthe straight manā? and has a few surprises as the story nears the end. It lacks the depth that would allow it to stay in your memory a month later, but itā(TM)s a decent middle of the road story with a couple of laughs. The Upside is a pretty okay rental or streaming option that you can put in the background while you do chores or have sex.