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The Bucket List

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in The Bucket List

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

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.

Written by Anna Smith

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 15 February 2008
  • Duration:97 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Rob Reiner
  • Screenwriter:Justin Zackham
  • Cast:
    • Jack Nicholson
    • Morgan Freeman
    • Sean Hayes
    • Beverly Todd
    • Rob Morrow
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