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The Bucket List

Adam and Eve. Lennon and McCartney. The Captain and Tenille. Just a few duos that managed to make a little magic when they got together. And now, for you’re viewing pleasure, may I add the celebrated team of Jack and Morgan. Carter Chambers (Freeman) has worked hard his whole life. He now finds himself in the hospital, undergoing tests whose results he’s not sure he wants to hear. Edward Cole is a multi-millionaire, earning his fortune in the health care world. During a business meeting he becomes ill, waking up in one of his own hospitals. Soon he, like his roommate Carter, is bracing himself for his test results. He finds a piece of paper on which Carter has written a “bucket list,” which he learns are things Carter wants to accomplish before he, very plainly, “kicks the bucket.” Intrigued by the list, Edward decides to add his own wishes to it and soon the pair embark on a series of adventures that will shape not only their lives but those around them. A beautifully crafted story featuring two of Hollywood’s best, EVER, “The Bucket List” is an emotional journey filled with soaring highs and crashing lows. However, the strength of the performers never allows the film to drift into that terrible “movie of the week” void that similar films can’t seem to escape. With a combined 92 years in the business and fifteen Academy Award nominations (and four Oscars) between them, it is almost shocking to learn that Nicholson and Freeman have never worked together before. Which is a shame since they play off of each other like they have never been apart. It is refreshing to see that Nicholson has toned down the “JACK” persona that had started to turn his work into parody. His work here is his best since 2002’s “About Schmidt.” Freeman adds another jewel to his crown as well, lending his usual strength and dignity to a role that could have easily strayed into maudlin territory or worse. Rob Reiner’s direction reminds us again why he has become one of the most popular filmmakers of the past quarter century. The supporting actors help move the film along, with special mention going to Beverly Todd as Carter’s wife and Hayes, who even gets to zing the boss every once in awhile as Edward’s full time and obviously long suffering assistant. But take it from me, the main reason to see “The Bucket List” is the opportunity to see two pros at the height of their game. - Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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Directed by: 
Rob Reiner
Running Time: 
Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes
Screenplay by: 
Justin Zackham

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