A True Story of a Paralyzed Millionaire Hires a Young Homeless Take Care of Him.



The film opens with Dell driving Philip Lacasse through the city of Chicago


They are followed by police after Dell starts to speed up


He bets Philip that he can lose the cops and he does for a moment


until they corner him in the streets


They force Dell out of the car until he tells them that he was rushing to the hospital because Philip is having a seizure


They see him foaming at the mouth and then escort the two to the hospital


but they are just faking it and laugh over the cops believing them


We jump back to six months earlier


Dell is recently released convict who is meeting with his parole officer to try and turn his life around


He must obtain a number of signatures and hand them in by the next day


He goes around to different workplaces with little to no interest in what they offer other than the signatures


Dell’s last stop is Philip’s home


As he is a quadriplegic Philip interviews several candidates alongside his assistant Yvonne for the position of Philip’s caregiver


Dell waits for over an hour to be called in


and he barges in during an interview demanding to be met because he has to go meet his son


Philip decides to listen to Dell’s story


and when he mentions doing time Philip asks what he was in for


so Dell tries to turn it on him and say that he must be offered the job after being asked that question


Philip does so but Dell declines as he is not interested in being hired and only wants the signature


Dell goes to a school to pick up his son Anthony but he is told by someone that his mother picked him up


he visits Anthony and his ex Latrice


Neither of them has much interest in Dell


trying to be there now what with him being absent for most of Anthony’s life


It doesn’t help that he and Latrice live in a crummy apartment that is falling apart


Dell gives Anthony a storybook for his birthday except it’s a book he swiped from Philip before leaving


he is contacted by Yvonne to come back as Philip wants to hire Dell for the job


simply because he was the worst and least qualified candidate


She doesn’t trust Dell due to his criminal history and is concerned for how Dell will handle Philip


but he assures her he can do a good job


Yvonne establishes a three strikes rule on Dell to make sure he doesn’t screw up


and she lets him know that the job is a live-in position and it pays very well since Philip is so wealthy


Dell starts off rocky as he isn’t quick to respond to Philip’s calls via opera music


or he just makes things like feeding Philip his breakfast a daunting task


Dell meets Philip’s nurse Maggie who shows Dell how to take care of Philip physically


This involves demonstrating the use of a catheter and how it is applied to Dell’s discomfort


Slowly Dell starts to adjust to Philip’s needs and acts better


However Philip insists to Dell that he follow a strict “do not resuscitate” rule if Philip stops breathing


This is put to the test one night as Philip appears to be suffocating


but Dell insisting he needs the job gives Philip oxygen and forces him to breathe


After getting his first paycheck Dell goes to find Latrice and gives the whole thing to her and Anthony


She is somewhat pleased until Dell asks her to get the book back from Anthony since it wasn’t his to give


Latrice gets upset once again and tells Dell to do his own dirty work


He then goes to find Anthony but finds him talking to a suspicious older man


Dell misses Anthony before he enters his building and has to leave


when he sees some kids messing around with Philip’s car that Dell was allowed to drive


He is then contacted by Yvonne and when he returns to Philip’s home she calls his absence his third strike


and tries to fire him until Philip clarifies that he allowed Dell to take the car to see his son


Dell takes Philip around the city after smoking a joint to ease the pain that Philip feels in his legs


During their walk Philip tells Dell how he became a quadriplegic


His late wife Jenny was suffering from cancer at the time


and so Philip proposed that they go paragliding to take her mind off of things


It was this accident that rendered Philip immobile and He cries as he thinks about Jenny


So Dell tries to cheer him up by taking him to get food


During their talk Dell also discusses potential business ideas and he would like to get into with Philip’s help


Dell finds out that Philip is in an epistolary relationship with a woman named Lily


They maintain a correspondence without having seen pictures of each other or hearing each other’s voices


Dell goes through Lily’s letters and finds a phone number


Against Philip and Yvonne’s words Dell calls Lily but they only get her voicemail


Dell encourages Philip to say something and so he asks her to call him back whenever she can


Philip joins Dell as he takes Anthony out for the day


Everything goes well and they have fun until Dell asks Anthony for the book back


and Anthony realizes it belongs to Philip He gives it back to Philip but walks away from Dell


Dell and Philip go home to find that Yvonne has organized a surprise party for Philip’s birthday


He is displeased as he doesn’t want anything like that


He orders Yvonne to get rid of the guests while he and Dell have an argument


which leads to Dell smashing things for Philip’s catharsis


They decide to let the party continue and mingle and Dell even gets Yvonne to dance


Meanwhile a neighbor named Carter that Philip can’t stand approaches him about Dell’s criminal record


and to reconsider keeping Dell around for the sake of the other residents in the building


but Philip ignores Carter


Yvonne then goes to Philip to tell him that Lily has called back and would like to set up a dinner date


Dell sits with Philip in a restaurant a few days later as they wait for Lily to show up


Philip gives Dell a check for $50000 for a silly painting Dell did


but Philip wants Dell to put it to good use and invest it in a potential business


Lily then arrives and she insists that Dell doesn’t need to be there to help Philip


However during the meal Lily admits that while she knew about Philip’s condition


the whole thing wasn’t what she was expecting


Philip becomes quietly offended and tries to leave


but he accidentally bumps into another patron and then a waiter who spills hot coffee on his lap


The staff clamor around Philip to help him as he insists that he can’t feel anything


Dell goes to pick Philip up and return him home


but Philip chews Dell out for arranging the whole thing with Lily since he now feels like a fool


Philip then fires Dell


Time passes by and Dell decides to spend Philip’s check toward buying a better apartment for Latrice and Anthony


He gets a new job working with auto parts but he is approached by Maggie


who says that Philip has gone through several other caregivers and hasn’t communicated with any of them


and he just won’t talk to anybody else which has led Yvonne to leave


Maggie tells Dell that she thinks Philip will listen to him


Dell goes to find Philip who hasn’t had a shave in a while


He takes him out for a drive which leads to the encounter with the police and faking a seizure


They flee before the nurses arrive with a gurney


Dell continues to drive out of town until they reach a spot where Philip can relax


Dell arranges for Philip to go paragliding again to get over his fear


but Dell unwittingly has to join him


After the event Dell brings Philip to a house where he surprises him by having Yvonne show up


Dell leaves the two of them to catch up while he goes to spend the day with Anthony

The Upside.

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