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It's said that January is one of the prime months that Hollywood chooses to dump its most embarrassing films and "The Upside" doesn't disprove that notion.Yes, rich white dudes in these films always need loosening up.Yeah, poor black guys in these films could always use some smartening up.The movie is based on a true story -- and lifted from the 2011 French film "Les Intouchables" -- but no one really worked on the shaky racial angle for an American audience, one that has seen elements of this in movies such as "Driving Miss Daisy" or "Trading Places" (that last one also has a pottery-smashing scene).The film comes with heavy baggage for many.The late Queen of Soul, it turns out, is the key that connects Dell and Phillip, particularly when it's revealed that Franklin sang opera, too.Her music fills the soundtrack and that's the only reason this film gets any points -- the only upside, if you like.
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