The Bucket List

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Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in The Bucket List

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Time Out says

Tue Feb 12 2008

Jack Nicholson is a billionaire playboy with a playful sense of humour, a short fuse and a sarcastic turn of phrase. Morgan Freeman is a blue-collar worker with a responsible work ethic, inherent wisdom, a talent for stating the obvious and a burning desire to narrate everything he does. Both are dying of cancer.

Forced to share a hospital room, wealthy Edward  (Nicholson) is gradually and grudgingly won over by the  gentler, more down-to-earth Carter Chambers (Freeman), who he decides must live a little before his time is up. Whisking him away from the hospital and his horribly one-dimensional nagging wife, Edward takes Carter on the trip of a lifetime.

The big idea is to tick every box on a ‘bucket list’ – ie everything you want to do before you die. This involves skydiving and  swanky hotels, which puts Carter in grateful awe of how the other half lives. Tensions arise when both try to interfere with each other’s family relationships, but this doesn’t get in the way of a tearful ending.

The conclusion is moving enough, but it’s no thanks to Freeman’s now obligatory  sentimental narration. Nicholson may be  funny, but with its  dumbed-down script, this is less a comedy, more  a melodrama for morons.

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Cast and crew

Director:

Rob Reiner

Cast:

Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd, Rob Morrow

Screenwriter:

Justin Zackham

Music:

Marc Shaiman

Cinematography:

John Schwartzman

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EmboPete

I cannot believe that Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman sold out to this extent. This movie sucks. What an insult.

EmboPete

I cannot believe that Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman sold out to this extent. This movie sucks. What an insult.

JeremyKyle

I love Morgan Blackman. I could watch 2 girls 1 cup narrated by morgan freeman and it would bring a tear to my eye. Its cheesy hollywood pseudo profound dross BUT it made me cry and i loved it. Don't watch it analysing every moment like a twat. Just relax and let the platitudes wash over you. Beguiling, amusing, and heart breaking. And its got nicholson and freeman in it. See it.

JeremyKyle

I love Morgan Blackman. I could watch 2 girls 1 cup narrated by morgan freeman and it would bring a tear to my eye. Its cheesy hollywood pseudo profound dross BUT it made me cry and i loved it. Don't watch it analysing every moment like a twat. Just relax and let the platitudes wash over you. Beguiling, amusing, and heart breaking. And its got nicholson and freeman in it. See it.

Will Owen

Hi well as a cancer sufferer - i can say it was a shot in the arm and certainly made me think.. Not yet in the terminal stage as yet, but I am about to put my own "list" together. Congratulations on someone at least handling this real tough question.

Will Owen

Hi well as a cancer sufferer - i can say it was a shot in the arm and certainly made me think.. Not yet in the terminal stage as yet, but I am about to put my own "list" together. Congratulations on someone at least handling this real tough question.

Les Molloy

The film has just opened, where I am, and I must admit I am puzzled at the reviews listed in Time Out London. Prior to seeing the film I read the synopsis and wasn't expecting Bergman's "Seventh Seal". Quite why Time Out's reviewer, Ana Smith, concluded it was a "melodrama for morons" implies, to me, she was the wrong person, or in the wrong frame of mind, to see such a film. The Bucket List, for us, was heart warming, and on occasions, made me think hard about life. What's wrong with that? For me any film which stirs any of my emotions is okay by me!

Les Molloy

The film has just opened, where I am, and I must admit I am puzzled at the reviews listed in Time Out London. Prior to seeing the film I read the synopsis and wasn't expecting Bergman's "Seventh Seal". Quite why Time Out's reviewer, Ana Smith, concluded it was a "melodrama for morons" implies, to me, she was the wrong person, or in the wrong frame of mind, to see such a film. The Bucket List, for us, was heart warming, and on occasions, made me think hard about life. What's wrong with that? For me any film which stirs any of my emotions is okay by me!

Andrew

A very unfair review . I found this oneof the great films It is very easy to critisise . I just wonder sometimes who these critics are .

Andrew

A very unfair review . I found this oneof the great films It is very easy to critisise . I just wonder sometimes who these critics are .

Judith

loved it..made me laugh and made me cry..brilliant acting by 2 of the best.

Judith

loved it..made me laugh and made me cry..brilliant acting by 2 of the best.

jesi

this film didnt capture the whole of my attention from start to finish and i got fidgety in my seat just waiting for it to finish!

jesi

this film didnt capture the whole of my attention from start to finish and i got fidgety in my seat just waiting for it to finish!

Kane

Hallmark mush? Funnily enough, in real life, when someone is terminally ill things usually are 'rife' with hallmark mush. Speaking from personal experience with my fathers passing to terminal cancer just over a year ago. It was hard watching this film for me, it was so close to what it was actually like seeing what the person goes through, in terms of keeping a face for family etc. While still not the best it could have been, I for one am sure that people with the life experience will find this movie somewhat relieving, even if its not real. The circumstances are real, although portrayed in a Hollywood fashion, and in my opinion a fine job was done here. Especially from Morgan and Nicholson.

Kane

Hallmark mush? Funnily enough, in real life, when someone is terminally ill things usually are 'rife' with hallmark mush. Speaking from personal experience with my fathers passing to terminal cancer just over a year ago. It was hard watching this film for me, it was so close to what it was actually like seeing what the person goes through, in terms of keeping a face for family etc. While still not the best it could have been, I for one am sure that people with the life experience will find this movie somewhat relieving, even if its not real. The circumstances are real, although portrayed in a Hollywood fashion, and in my opinion a fine job was done here. Especially from Morgan and Nicholson.

Kath

This is a wonderful film. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end and most of the audience were laughing out loud which in Aberdeen is the sign of enjoyment. Nicholson and Freeman are a delight to watch and the dialogue between the two of them is great.

Kath

This is a wonderful film. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end and most of the audience were laughing out loud which in Aberdeen is the sign of enjoyment. Nicholson and Freeman are a delight to watch and the dialogue between the two of them is great.

Rachael

This film smacked of made-for-tv nonsense. Take out Nicholson and Freeman and theres not much else worth seeing.

Rachael

This film smacked of made-for-tv nonsense. Take out Nicholson and Freeman and theres not much else worth seeing.

Alison Hadley

I know film critics proberbly know technically more about about a film but as a member of the public paying good money to sit in a cinema, what counts, is how you feel at the end. I went to see this in the UK on it's first day of release with my family.We laughed, we cried and we were wonderfully entertained, all saying at the end that we'd watch it again. So if anyone wonders if they should go and see a film based on a review you have two options so far.Yes or no. Obviously the real critic thought it was only worthy of one star, me I give it six. Sorry to disagree and hey-what do we know except we loved it! The Hadley Family Leicester UK

Alison Hadley

I know film critics proberbly know technically more about about a film but as a member of the public paying good money to sit in a cinema, what counts, is how you feel at the end. I went to see this in the UK on it's first day of release with my family.We laughed, we cried and we were wonderfully entertained, all saying at the end that we'd watch it again. So if anyone wonders if they should go and see a film based on a review you have two options so far.Yes or no. Obviously the real critic thought it was only worthy of one star, me I give it six. Sorry to disagree and hey-what do we know except we loved it! The Hadley Family Leicester UK

Paul C

This is a dumb film and little to recommend it, a waste of ticket money. Not sure if this is supposed to appeal to younger or older audiences, but fails to deliiver insights to either generation. Their visits to each country fails to give more than a tourist view of the sights, and really made me wonder what was the point of going to these countries for such a glib experience. Ignore this fiilm.

Paul C

This is a dumb film and little to recommend it, a waste of ticket money. Not sure if this is supposed to appeal to younger or older audiences, but fails to deliiver insights to either generation. Their visits to each country fails to give more than a tourist view of the sights, and really made me wonder what was the point of going to these countries for such a glib experience. Ignore this fiilm.

Arthur

I saw this movie twice. There is so much excellent material in this movie you need to see it more than once! The principal actors were excellent and are to be congratul;ated on fine performances.

Arthur

I saw this movie twice. There is so much excellent material in this movie you need to see it more than once! The principal actors were excellent and are to be congratul;ated on fine performances.

Francis

Just today I was commenting at work that I usually don't read movie reviews because they are written by "movie snobs." People who just can't sit back and enjoy something, especially a movie that is this moving. We all have to keep up with our peers, I guess that is the same in "movie rating."

Francis

Just today I was commenting at work that I usually don't read movie reviews because they are written by "movie snobs." People who just can't sit back and enjoy something, especially a movie that is this moving. We all have to keep up with our peers, I guess that is the same in "movie rating."

richard

this is a very good movie both stars play off one another very well.a must see movie

richard

this is a very good movie both stars play off one another very well.a must see movie

kubrickalien

one of the worst movies ever! even by hollywood standards this is an embarassment. I guess Morgan and Jack were paid there rate...that's the only reason I can imagine why they woould do this dreck

kubrickalien

one of the worst movies ever! even by hollywood standards this is an embarassment. I guess Morgan and Jack were paid there rate...that's the only reason I can imagine why they woould do this dreck

Angel

You couldn't be more wrong. This is one of the best movies of the year!

Angel

You couldn't be more wrong. This is one of the best movies of the year!