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|Original title:||The Upside|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 126 Min|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
The convicted Dell Scott (Kevin Hart) urgently needs confirmation that he has applied for a job. Otherwise there will be no more financial support from the Office. When he talks to the paraplegic billionaire Philip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston) as a nurse, he does so knowing that he won't be taken anyway. But Philip likes his unconventional nature. And against the explicit advice of his assistant Yvonne Pendleton (Nicole Kidman), he gives Dell the job. At the beginning, he seems absolutely overwhelmed with his new tasks. But bit by bit the unexpected happens: Dell grows into his job and between the two absolutely unequal men develops something like a friendship - a friendship that will change the lives of both forever…
The story seems familiar to you? No wonder, because "Mein Bester und ich" is the US remake of the French cinema success "Ziemlich beste Freunde". Now this version - by the way not the first remake of the material - could be completely unnecessary, not least because the original simply cannot be outbid. The statements of the US producers that they made the remake in order to delve deeper into the characters and thus gain new sides from them are of course absolute nonsense. Nevertheless, the film makes sense at least for the American market. For foreign-language films are not dubbed there, but at most subtitled. The fact that such a film can become a blockbuster is almost impossible.
To retell the really beautiful story, based on true events, for an audience that is not familiar with it, is therefore absolutely comprehensible. Of course, things are different in this country, where the French film attracted more than 9 million viewers to the cinemas. So it is almost impossible here not to compare the remake with the original. Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart just don't do well. Is "My Best And Me" a bad movie because of that? No, not at all. For connoisseurs and fans of the original it is only unnecessary. But this adaptation is also entertaining, funny and emotional.
What has succeeded in a direct comparison is that Dell has written a somewhat different background story in the US version. This one takes a typical Hollywood ending, but still works very well. Also the ending Philipp was given is predictable Hollywood kitsch pure. But even here you can't resist a happy smile. Yes, the humour is sometimes a bit flat and Kevin Hart doesn't have the charm of an Omar Sy. However, if you don't know the original or just can't get enough of the story, this objectively well done remake can also be recommended to you: Worth seeing!
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