“The Bucket List” On Your List

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy and Drama
Running Time:
1 hr. 37 min.
Release Date:
December 25th, 2007 (limited); January 11th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference.
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Director: Rob Reiner

JJ Rating: B+

Edward (Jack Nicholson) is in the business of making efficient hospitals. Carter (Morgan Freeman) gets placed in one of those hospitals because of a terminal illness. He gets a roommate when Edward comes in with his own terminal illness. Bitter buddies for a while, and then they start looking out for one another. Carter creates a bucket list. Edward tells him they should do it—and then they do. The Bucket List.

I was excited to see Nicholson and Freeman star in a movie together. They are great actors and are fun to watch separately, that should mean that they are more fun to watch together. I found them entertaining together. They played well off of one another. They have witty chemistry.

The Bucket List’s story line is just like the trailer showed. Two men are very sick and they decide to play around with a list of things that they want to do before they die. Because Nicholson’s character has a lot of money they can do things that are across the world as if it was a, well, drop in the bucket. There are some slow parts, but over all the entire story moves at a decent pace.

I’m pretty sure people are wondering if it’s a tearjerker. Is it a movie that’ll bring on the tears? Edward and Carter do become good friends and when the end comes there are a couple of scenes that could make one sniffle and tear up. If that’s something that’ll make you want to see it, then there you go. If you like loyal connections between people, then, again, there you go.

In the trailer for The Bucket List Freeman has a line that says, “I hate your rotten guts!” That line had me laughing and wanting to see the movie. I saw that trailer a few times and that line was funny every time. When I saw it on the big screen it was still funny. The entire scene with the jumping out of the plane is funny; actually it’s got me laughing right now. It has a lot of moments like that. Freeman and Nicholson make the movie and when they are not the main focus (the both of them) then the movie lacks a bit.

There are heartfelt scenes in The Bucket List. They mainly start to happen towards the end and there is a couple throughout the hospital stay at the beginning. The voice over with the letter from Carter would have been more heartfelt if it was not in the trailer. It has fallen victim to trailer slaughtering. I’ll use that from now on when a trailer kills the enjoy-ability of a movie by ruining a surprise that would have been best left as a surprise.

The Bucket List does make one think about what they are doing in life. In the movie they make a list of all these things they wanted to do and they do them. They had unlimited money, but if one were to make a list of things that they want to do they should do it within their means. That way it’ll be possible for them to do the list and feel that greatness of accomplishment by crossing stuff off.

The Bucket List was worth seeing and it was entertaining. The audience clapped at the end. That’s not really an indication of much, when I saw The Great Debaters they clapped at the end, and that movie is no longer in the top ten. I’m not going to purchase this movie. It was not as emotional as I wanted it to be.It was good and worth seeing.Considering how movies are not going to get a whole lot better in the coming weeks, maybe you should put The Bucket List on your movie list and have an enjoyable evening of a mild reminiscent Grumpy Old Men comedy.

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