Comedy Drama - This comedy/drama is a showcase for stars Kevin Hart and Bryan
Cranston, with the former getting to show some dramatic shades.
Nicole Kidman's role is strictly supporting, as is that of Julianna
Margulies. Language, adult subject matter, drug use, and mild sexual
content make the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word;7 S-words; 2 GD's; a number ofothers. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex without nudity. VIOLENCE: None. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Marijuana and tobacco. ACTION: A scene of fast driving. COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, physical gags, sometimes suggestive.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average ...while the film runs just over two hours—and Cranston and Hart are on screen for nearly all of that time—their characters are little more than facile concepts, tethered to antiquated and uncomfortable clichés about race relations.
NY PostFull Review Above Average All of this would be tedious and stereotypical were it not for the formidable efforts of Cranston (reserved till he explodes) and Hart. An unlikely duo, they score with many very funny jokes. It's a bromance that feels real. Together they move you, despite the film they're stuck in.
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average A bland and blunt remake of the 2011 French crowd-pleaser The Intouchables... The two actors mine a few genuinely funny moments out of Jon Hartmere's tepid, cliché-ridden screenplay, thanks primarily to Cranston's endlessly expressive visage and Hart's mostly subdued performance.
The GuardianFull Review Poor This sentimental remake of French heartwarmer The Untouchables pairs a quadriplegic businessman with black carer Kevin Hart to give unfunny echoes of Trading Places. The whole affair is misjudged and sickly sweet.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 72 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! Nearly everyone, both males and females, either loved it or enjoyed it very much. Only a small percentage rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
The unexpected friendship between Phillip
(Cranston), a Park Avenue billionaire left paralyzed after a paragliding
accident, and ex-con Dell
Scott (Kevin Hart), in need of a fresh start. Newly paroled and in desperate
need of a job, Dell is
frustrated by the menial opportunities available to an ex-con. After finding
himself at the wrong
job interview Dell uses his irreverent charisma to charm Phillip, who, despite
protests from his
chief-of-staff Yvonne (Nicole Kidman), offers him the home aid position.
Despite a rocky start, the two quickly realize how much they can learn from
experiences. From worlds apart, Phillip and Dell form an unlikely bond, bridging
and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of
passion for all
of life's possibilities.