Upgraded (2024) Movie: Feel Good Transatlantic Rom-Com

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Upgraded is a feel-good transatlantic Rom-Com film. It is about a chance encounter between a rich young man from the UK and a moneyless young woman from the USA.

Interestingly, the accidental meeting takes place when Ana (Camila Mendes) gets upgraded to first class and gets a seat next to Will (Archie Renaux) on a trans-Atlantic flight. Perhaps, it is a modern adaptation of the popular European folktale Cinderella, with a usual twist. The basic theme is about the poor girl meeting the rich boy and then falling in love.

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Synopsis [Official] of the Upgraded (2024) Movie

Ana (Camila Mendes) is an ambitious intern dreaming of a career in the art world while trying to impress her demanding boss Claire (Marisa Tomei). When she’s upgraded to first class on a work trip, she meets handsome Will (Archie Renaux), who mistakes Ana for her boss–a white lie that sets off a glamorous chain of events, romance and opportunity, until her fib threatens to surface.

Ratings of the Upgraded (2024) Movie

FM Rating3.50/5
FM Short CommentsIt is a good old-fashioned rom-com with a fairly predictable storyline. But, we liked the way, they have adapted it to the contemporary milieu. We liked the cast of wonderful comic talent, but it seems most of them have limited screen presence. Except for Camila Mendes, Archie Renaux, Marisa Tomei and Lena Olin; their charming acts made it an entertaining film.
Upgraded (2024) Film – FM Ratings

Spoiler Free Review of the Upgraded (2024) Movie

The introduction

When Ana gets a seat upgraded to the first class, she starts weaving a whole bunch of lies about her professional status. Maybe, unconsciously, she wanted to impress the (Prince) William (Will), who was sitting just next to her on that long flight from New York to London. But then, even after landing in London, Ana keeps on lying to Will and his family.

Just like Cinderella, the dishonesty of Ana was innocent. So, what happens in the end when she is caught lying?

Camila Mendes (Ana – left) and Marisa Tomei (Claire Dupree – right)

The basic theme of sisterhood

Although a bunch of women characters are depicted as mean and selfish, the major women characters believe in sisterhood. These women have a strong feeling of friendship and support for each other. So, we see a Flight booking person upgrading Ana’s (Camila Mendes) seat to First class and kick-starting a new phase in her life. Other women characters like Claire DuPont (Marisa Tomei), Catherine Laroche (Lena Olin), Vivian (Aimee Carrero), Amy (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), etc. are helpful towards Ana. So, in quite a few instances, we find that women are helping each other out, whenever a need arises.

But, what happens when the truth catches up with Ana?

Given the favourable circumstances, Ana flies very high with the active assistance of her lies. Not only, she mixes with the wealthy and influential people in London, but she also becomes a part of their charmed circle. However, for how long can Ana fly high with her dishonesty? So, when the truth bomb hits, her feet hit the ground in that rough landing. Her lies get exposed, and she has to come clean.

To be honest, we understand and appreciate her explanation for her lies and deceits in the film. Honesty is the best policy, yet many people (like politicians) lie regularly to get ahead.

Lena Olin (Catherine Laroche – 2nd left), Camila Mendes (Ana – middle) & Archie Renaux (William/Will – 2nd right)

In a way, it was Ana’s journey of self-discovery. So, she took a chance on her life.

Did she manage to upgrade her personal life and professional career? Did everything get upgraded for her? Well, we are not answering those. Should we? Of course not.

The conclusion

Backed by a talented group of ensemble cast, this is a light-hearted rom-com film. It has good music and fun comic scenes. We enjoyed this sweet and funny time pass film.

Key Details about the Upgraded (2024) Movie

GenreComedy, Romance
Original languageEnglish (UK & USA)
ReleasedFebruary 9, 2024
Duration1 hour 45 minutes
WritersChristine Lenig, Justin Matthews, Luke Spencer Roberts
DirectorCarlson Young
CastCamila Mendes (Ana), Archie Renaux (William/Will), Marisa Tomei (Claire Dupree), Lena Olin (Catherine Laroche), Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Amy), Fola Evans-Akingbola (Renee), Rachel Matthews (Suzette), Anthony Head (Julian Marx), Grégory Montel (Gerard Abel), etc.
NetworkPrime Video
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