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The Bucket List
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Jun 11, 2008 By: Jason Adams
The Bucket List order
Director:
Rob Reiner

Actors:
Jack Nicholson
Morgan Freeman
Sean Hayes

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A pair of cancer-stricken men decide to create a bucket list of things to do before they die.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE BUCKET LIST exists for two reasons:
1) So Morgan Freeman can provide his trademark narration about life
2) So Jack Nicholson can act like Jack Nicholson and teach us about life.

Honestly, its not an awful movie; a palatable balance of funny old guys doing young guy stuff and obvious life lessons. Its predictable and melodramatic, but its easy to watch (and over surprisingly fast), thanks to the chemistry between its stars. Freemans book smart mechanic is a nice balance to the wild and free-spirited Nicholson. And even sleepwalking through a role, Jack Nicholson still manages to be awesome. (Things to remember: Never pass up a bathroom, never waste a hard on, and never trust a fart.)

Still, its almost insultingly generic and without a single surprise. Skydiving? Racing a car? Please. If I had a bucket list and Nicholsons moolah, itd be full of things like midget tossing, private Pink Floyd concerts, rolling around in a pile of baby pandas, and making Rob Reiner give a crap about directing again.
THE EXTRAS
This bucket might as well be empty.

Writing a Bucket List (4:53): Writer Justin Zackham talks about the inspiration for the movie (based on his real life list) and also spends a fair amount of time plugging his cash-in book called Bucket Lists.

John Mayer Say Music Video (3:59): Thats enough, John Mayer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE BUCKET LIST is the kind of movie my parents and grandparents would probably love. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, but if youre not easily amused by something schmaltzy youve seen a hundred times before, Id wait til cable.

Extra Tidbit: If Carters son looks familiar, its because hes Morgan Freemans real life offspring.
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