The Intouchables / The Upside
THE UPSIDE (15)
D: Neil Burger
STX/Lantern/Escape Artists (Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal & Steve Tisch)
US 2017 (released 2019)
W: Jon Hartmere [based on the screenplay "The Intouchables" by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano]
DP: Stuart Dryburgh
Ed: Naomi Geraghty
Mus: Rob Simonsen
Bryan Cranston (Philip Lacasse), Kevin Hart (Dell Scott), Nicole Kidman (Yvonne Pendleton), Aja Naomi King (Latrice), Jahi Di'Allo Winston (Anthony), Tate Donovan (Carter)
The 2012 French film The Intouchables really didn't need a remake, but it still got the American treatment, relocating the setting from Paris to Philadelphia but leaving the rest of the plot mostly untouched.
The film depicts the true story of a billionaire quadriplegic and his unlikely friendship with a petty thief parolee who takes a job as his career so he can pay off alimony.
The French original is head and shoulders above this remake, but this American version does work quite well due to the performances and on-screen chemistry of Bryan Cranston & Kevin Hart. If it weren't for the actor's fine work, this would feel a lot more predictable and clichéd than it actually does, especially since the 2007 film The Bucket List also plays on quite similar themes.
This did meet with some distribution issues, spending two years in limbo following the Harvey Weinstein scandal until it was eventually picked up by STX for release.