The Intouchables is one of my favorite movies of the decade. A beautiful, uplifting French drama, featured Omar Sy in one of the most infectious performances of the decade. When a remake was announced a few years ago, I dreaded it. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival to decent reviews. But when the Weinstein Company went through its bankruptcy, it was possible this movie might never see the light of day.
But now STX has rescued it, and it's getting a January 2019 release date. That's not exactly a vote of confidence, but considering it might never have even got a theatrical release, the cast and crew have got to be pleased.
Kevin Hart takes on Sy's role as an ex-con desperate for work. He answers an ad for a personal caretaker for a wealthy businessman (Bryan Cranston), and despite their differences, they hit it off. Nicole Kidman co-stars as Cranston's personal assistant. There isn't much in the way of plot, but the film should at least have some of the original's abundance of heart.
The Upside opens Friday, January 11.