The Bucket List

Release Date: January 11, 2008
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman
Director: Rob Reiner

Stars: 3 1/2 out of 5

I couldn’t resist seeing what these two great actors were up to this time. I was a little surprised to find Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in what could have been a Disney movie, with a few swear words thrown in.

By the second half, the film becomes a Hallmark card complete with one-liners that one might read on a sympathy card: “when he closed his eyes, his heart was opened.”

Good grief.

Well, more fun to watch than to listen.
Carter Jones (Freeman) and Edward Cole (Nicholson) meet in a cancer ward where they come up with a list, written on lined yellow paper, of all the crazy things they’d like to do before they die, such as hunt lions in Africa or sky dive.

But some of the tasks, the seemingly simple ones, take longer to complete, such as kissing the most beautiful girl in the world, laughing ‘till you cry, or doing a good deed for a stranger. Nevertheless, one by one, the items get crossed off, as the page of yellow paper gets folded and refolded. Time ticks away, but the two old men manage to save growing up 'till the very last moment. Jones is the first to get sense, realizing how much his family means to him when Cole refuses to see his estranged daughter. It takes Jones’s death to knock sense into Cole, to whom it finally occurs that there is more to life than his own personal pleasure.

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