My expectation level for The Upside was low despite a glowing recommendation from my sister. I’d never seen a Kevin Hart film. The subject matter of a caretaker assistant to a quadriplegic seemed depressing despite the film being advertised as a comedy. Since the film has been a surprise box office hit with a 100 million gross, I thought I’d give it a chance. Negative reviews from Rotten Tomatoes be damned. So when I laughed throughout the film and starting gushing tears, my body went into shock. Hart nailed the role with brilliant integrity of character. We know Bryan Cranston can act but this film brought out a tender anger that reeked of brilliance. You forgive the formulaic, contrived, and predictable aspects of this movie because it’s smart enough to connect the dots with an emotional core. Bravo.