The Upside: Kevin Hart’s new movie seems badly timed. There’s a reason. - Vox
Vox.com - Thu 10 Jan 20:51 GMT

The Upside: Kevin Hart’s new movie seems badly timed. There’s a reason. - Vox

It has to do with Harvey Weinstein.

  Where I live, in Brooklyn’s outer reaches, subway posters for The Upside started showing up in early December, almost exactly when one of the movie’s stars, Kevin Hart, was making headlines for the old tweets and subsequent controversy that sunk his Oscar hosting gig.

  On the left, François Cluzet and Omar Sy in The Intouchables; on the right, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston in The Upside, the American remake.

  The Upside is finally coming out because a new company owns The Weinstein Group’s library On July 16, 2018, for a total of $298 million, Lantern Entertainment acquired Weinstein Group’s library of 277 films.

  Meanwhile, Hart’s non-apology tour coinciding with the period in which he would normally be touring the late-night talk shows to promote The Upside is another unfortunate coincidence for the film, with timing that couldn’t really have been anticipated.

  But Hart and Cranston alone should be enough to pull in a sizable audience, and The Upside is the kind of movie that a lot of people will see on an airplane and enjoy, without thinking too hard about where it came from, why it happened the way it did, and who’s starring in it.