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Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Jack Nicholson ... Edward

Morgan Freeman ... Carter

Sean Hayes ... Thomas

Beverly Todd ... Virginia

Rob Morrow ... Dr. Hollins

Alfonso Freeman ... Roger

Rowena King ... Angelica
Annton Berry Jr. ... Kai
Verda Bridges ... Chandra
Destiny Brownridge ... Maya
Brian Copeland ... Lee

Ian Anthony Dale ... Instructor

Jennifer Defrancisco ... Emily (as Jennifer DeFrancisco)

Angela Gardner ... Female Administrator

Noel Gugliemi ... Mechanic (as Noel Guglielmi)

Jonathan Hernandez ... Manny

Hugh B. Holub ... County Health Director (as Hugh Holub)
Andrea Johnson ... Elizabeth (as Andrea J. Johnson)
Dawn Lewis ... Flight Attendant

Jordan Lund ... Tattoo Artist

Richard McGonagle ... Board Chairman

Jonathan Mangum ... Richard

Karen Maruyama ... Nurse Shing

Amber Mead ... Attractive Woman #1

Nikki Novak ... Attractive Woman #2

John O'Brien ... Executive #1

Serena Reeder ... Rachel

Christopher Stapleton ... Kyle

Taylor Ann Thompson ... Edward's Granddaughter

Alex Trebek ... Himself

Roy Vongtama ... Doctor #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

MaShae Alderman ... Young Virginia (uncredited)
Brent Battles ... Jeapordy Grip (uncredited)

Lauren Cohn ... Denise (uncredited)
Michael J. Gutierrez ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Frank Maharajh ... Sashi Olpadwala (uncredited)

Vin Scully ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)

George F. Watson ... Hospital Review Board Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Reiner 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Justin Zackham (written by)

Produced by
Frank Capra III .... co-producer
Alan Greisman .... producer
Travis Knox .... executive producer
Neil Meron .... producer
Rob Reiner .... producer
Jeffrey Stott .... executive producer
Justin Zackham .... executive producer
Craig Zadan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
 
Cinematography by
John Schwartzman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Leighton 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Bill Brzeski 
 
Art Direction by
Jay Pelissier 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Greenfield 
 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
 
Makeup Department
Deena Adair .... hair stylist: Mr. Freeman
Howard Berger .... tattoo artist
Michael Germain .... makeup artist: Mr. Nicholson (as Mike Germain)
Nancy Hancock .... makeup artist: Mr. Freeman (as Nancy Worthen-Hancock)
Marie Larkin .... key hair stylist
Ryan McDowell .... prosthetic lab work
Medusah .... hair department head
Matthew W. Mungle .... prosthetic makeup artist: Mr. Nicholson (as Matthew Mungle)
Valli O'Reilly .... makeup department head
Tonyia Verna .... key makeup artist (as Tanya Verna)
Kevin Wasner .... makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist: Mr. Nicholson
Stephen Bettles .... special makeup effects technician (uncredited)
Melissa Forney .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Jamie Kelman .... tattoo makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Susan E. Novick .... post-production supervisor
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production
David Siegel .... unit production manager (as David A. Siegel)
Jeffrey Stott .... unit production manager
Barbara Russo .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Capra III .... first assistant director
Stephen W. Moore .... second second assistant director
Brian Relyea .... second assistant director (as Brian F. Relyea)
Alex Daniels .... second unit director (uncredited)
Eugene Davis .... second second assistant director: day player (uncredited)
Bill Purple .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Jody Spilkoman .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Denise Strong .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Todd Bennett .... plaster foreman
Jack Blanchard .... set dresser
Shane Buckallew .... plaster gang boss
Laurence Castello .... paint foreman
Randy Culberhouse .... propmaker foreman
Doug DuRose .... assistant property master
John R. Elliott .... construction coordinator (as John Elliott)
Brian Feola .... propmaker foreman
Kenneth Garrett .... sculptor foreman
Sean Ginevan .... lead man
Ilana Gordon .... art department coordinator
Robert Greenfield III .... on-set dresser
Martha Johnston .... assistant art director
Cynthia La Jeunesse .... buyer
Eugene McCarthy .... property master
Mike Medina .... construction general foreman (as Michael Medina)
Barbara Mesney .... set designer
Mark Moretti .... storyboard artist (as Mark A. Moretti)
Lee Runnels .... greensperson
Dominic Sandfrey .... labor foreman
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser
James E. Tocci .... set designer (as Jim Tocci)
Richard F. Anderson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark Boucher .... set dresser (uncredited)
Chris J. Champagne .... set dresser (uncredited)
Alan Easley .... set dressing gangboss (uncredited)
Mathias Fain .... set dresser (uncredited)
L. David Gordon .... drapery foreman (uncredited)
J. Bryan Holloway .... sculptor gang boss (uncredited)
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... props (uncredited)
Charles Kern .... camera scenic artist (uncredited)
Ricky Lewis Jr. .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Steven Light-Orr .... set dresser (uncredited)
James MacDonald .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Cameron Matheson .... set dressing gang boss (uncredited)
Scott Owen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Portia Perry .... decorator painter (uncredited)
Michael Ruby .... signwriter (uncredited)
Mark Tuttle .... set dresser (uncredited)
John Villarino .... carpenter (uncredited)
Todd Wolcott .... greensman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Althoff .... digital playback operator
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound re-recording engineer
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Lon Bender .... adr supervisor
Lon Bender .... sound supervisor
Tim Boggs .... adr editor
Bryan Bowen .... sound editor
John Cannon .... assistant sound editor
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Perry Dodgson .... boom operator
Robert Eber .... production sound mixer
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Glynna Grimala .... foley supervisor
Daniel R. Kerr .... additional sound (as Dan Kerr)
Tony Lamberti .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Mesirow .... cable person (as Mike Mesirow)
James Moriana .... foley artist (as Jimmy Moriana)
Mark Ormandy .... additional sound
Ann Scibelli .... sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (as Greg Steele)
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Gayle Wesley .... first assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Xavier Horan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jeff Malham .... dubbing engineer (uncredited)
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Scott R. Fisher .... special effects technician (as Scott Fisher)
Donald Frazee .... special effects coordinator
Scott Lingard .... special effects foreman
Jim Rollins .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Greg Anderson .... CGI supervisor: Ring of Fire
Tricia Henry Ashford .... digital effects
Jeremy Burns .... lead compositor
Casey Conroy .... visual effects producer: Ring of Fire
Syd Dutton .... visual effects: Illusion Arts
Collin Fowler .... visual effects coordinator: Illusion Arts
William Higgins .... compositor: Ring of Fire (as Bill Higgins)
Brinton Jaecks .... compositor: Ring of Fire
Fumi Mashimo .... visual effects: Illusion Arts
Kelvin McIlwain .... visual effects: Illusion Arts
John Myers .... visual effects executive producer: Ring of Fire
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration
Lori J. Nelson .... visual effects producer
Kim O'Donnell .... compositor: Ring of Fire (as Kim Peppe)
Jim O'Hagan .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
Jason Piccioni .... visual effects: Ring of Fire
John Roden .... compositor: Ring of Fire (as Josh Roden)
Robert Scifo .... visual effects: Illusion Arts (as Bob Scifo)
Prateep Siamwalla .... tracking
Jerry Spivack .... visual effects supervisor: Ring of Fire
Catherine Sudolcan .... visual effects: Illusion Arts
Corinne Villa .... visual effects editor
Travis Baumann .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jan Beran .... motion control technician (uncredited)
Marvin Chua .... visual effects plate coordinator: second unit (uncredited)
Jan Cilliers .... compositor (uncredited)
Casey Conroy .... visual effects plate supervisor: second unit, skydiving sequence (uncredited)
Ron Crabb .... matte painter (uncredited)
Craig Crawford .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Todd Erickson .... CG artist (uncredited)
Kiel Gnebba .... CG artist (uncredited)
Andy Gorzalski .... operations manager (uncredited)
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Marcel Hemingway .... lighting lead (uncredited)
Brinton Jaecks .... previz artist (uncredited)
Taryn P. Kelly .... visual effects coordinator: Ring of Fire (uncredited)
Arnon Manor .... compositor (uncredited)
Joel Merritt .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
John Myers .... visual effects plate supervisor: second unit, race track sequence (uncredited)
James P. Noon .... tracking (uncredited)
Mathew Rotman .... CG artist (uncredited)
Barrett Sanders .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Lisa Tomei .... compositor (uncredited)
Simon Wakley .... motion control supervisor (uncredited)
Mark H. Weingartner .... plate photography: France (uncredited)
David Wu .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Xye .... tracking (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dean Bailey .... stunt player
Jophery C. Brown .... stunt player (as Jophery Brown)
Robert A. Caster .... stunt player (as Bob Caster)
Melanie Conatser Peschio .... stunt player (as Pat Conatser)
Alex Daniels .... stunt coordinator
Tanner Gill .... stunt double: Jack Nicholson
Steve Kelso .... stunt player
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt player
David Major .... stunt player
Craig O'Brien .... stunt player
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts
Austin Priester .... stunt player
Rick Seaman .... stunt player
Todd Shoebotham .... stunt player
Buddy Sosthand .... stunt player
Jim Wallace .... stunt player
Harry Wowchuk .... stunt player
Ross A. Jordan .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Alden .... rigging grip
Mark Anderson .... aerial assistant camera
Dana Baker .... best boy grip
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney Baldwin)
Melanie Banders .... camera loader
David Bartholomew .... set lighting technician
Jack Chouchanian .... additional: first unit key grip
Joe Chouchanian .... grip
David R. Christensen .... chief lighting technician
Jimmy Culligan .... rigging grip
Carlos DePalma .... rigging grip
Tom Derose .... assistant chief lighting technician
Frank Dorowsky .... rigging gaffer
Ian Fox .... camera operator
Brooks P. Guyer .... camera operator: second unit
Brooks P. Guyer .... director of photography: second unit
Rick Harris .... key rigging grip
Mark Hochman .... 24 frame video playback operator
Stuart Kirschner .... lighting technician
Thom Lairson .... second assistant camera
Jonathan Leary .... grip
Ronald A. Miller .... rigging grip foreman
Richard Mosier .... first assistant camera
Jaim O'Neil .... electrician
Robert Petrin .... ultimate arm technician
Brad Rea .... dolly grip: "a" camera
David Schmalz .... video assist operator (as Dave Schmalz)
Michael Shaw .... grip
Donald A. Spadoni .... rigging grip
Les T. Tomita .... key grip (as Les Tomita)
Michael T. Travers .... best boy grip (as Michael Travers)
Rick Whitfield .... 24 frame video playback operator
Thomas Wostak .... lighting technician
Eric Amundsen .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Adam Austin .... libra head operator (uncredited)
Mark Carlile .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Joshua Davis .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Clayton Fowler .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Steven L. Franklin .... grip (uncredited)
Josh Greer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Quinn Grove .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Tony Hibbard .... electrician (uncredited)
Gregory Irwin .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Milan Janicin .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Scott C. Keys .... rigging electric best boy (uncredited)
Dominic Mainl .... additional first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
James M. McClure .... key dimmer board operator (uncredited)
Kevin McGill .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Kevin McGill .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Isaac McKee .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Johnny Medeiros .... video assist: second unit (uncredited)
Daisuke Dice Miyake .... grip (uncredited)
Terry Moses .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Ziggy Pedone .... additional rigging electrician (uncredited)
Glen Purdy .... grip (uncredited)
Daniel R. Purinton .... lamp operator (uncredited)
John Savedra .... set electrician (uncredited)
Jerry Woodside .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Chris Bustard .... extras casting
Jamie Castro .... casting assistant
Jeni Thornell .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Kenyon .... costume supervisor
Sally Smith-McCardle .... key costumer (as Sally McCardle)
Debbie Travis .... costumer: Mr. Nicholson
Cathie Valdovino .... costumer: Mr. Freeman
Demetricus Holloway .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Zahida Bacchus .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Pete Conlin .... post production
Scott Gregory .... digital film colorist: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Mike Mertens .... color timer (as Michael Mertens)
Danny Miller .... assistant editor
Stephen Nakamura .... digital film colorist: Technicolor Digital Internediates
John Hirota .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Darin Wooldridge .... additional digital colorist: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Chris Botti .... musician: trumpet
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
George Doering .... musician
Greg Hayes .... assistant score engineer
Gayle Levant .... musician: harp
Sandra Park .... music contractor
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Bryan Pezzone .... musician: piano
Brett Pierce .... assistant music editor
Brett Pierce .... music programmer
Peter Rotter .... orchestra leader
Marc Shaiman .... musician: piano
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Scott Stambler .... music editor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Frank Wolf .... score mixer
Frank Wolf .... score recordist
Stephen Bashaw .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mark Graham .... music preparation: score (uncredited)
Frank Wolf .... music co-producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Gene Hubert .... driver
Jim Petti .... transportation co-captain
Jonathan A. Rosenfeld .... transportation coordinator
Brian Stackhouse .... driver
Jeff Verdick .... transportation captain
Rich Bennetti .... transportation co-captain: second unit (uncredited)
Alberto Coto .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Gaskill .... personal driver: Mr. Freeman (uncredited)
Joel Larson .... driver (uncredited)
Marty Radcliff .... driver (uncredited)
Sarah Lynn Schmitt .... transportation (uncredited)
Paul Tumber .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cindy Anderson .... assistant production accountant
Isaac Ardolino .... assistant location manager
Chet Badalato .... support staff: Mr. Nicholson
Laine Bateman .... assistant: Mr. Zadan and Mr. Meron
Bostic Beard .... assistant: Mr. Reiner (as Bostic C. Beard)
Kevin Berlandi .... staff assistant
Monique Berrenson .... assistant location manager
Donna Bizzaro .... production assistant
Jack Blanchard .... set dressser
Susan Bliss .... post script services
Lisa Broffman .... technical advisor: Jeopardy
Jennifer Carno .... staff assistant
Bryan Davis .... production secretary
Sierra Donley .... staff assistant
Steven Eddy .... assistant office production coordinator
Fred Einesman .... medical technical advisor (as Dr. Fred Einesman)
Janette Evans .... assistant production accountant
Alyssa Feener .... art production assistant
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Heather Haase .... locations: Big Sky Ranch
Tom Hanada .... staff assistant
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Henry Humphreys .... first aid
Jared Iacino .... assistant: Mr. Knox
Deidric Irving .... first aid (as Diederic Irving)
Rachel Jensen .... staff assistant
Pam Jones .... administrative assistant: Mr. Reiner
Alice S. Kim .... assistant: Mr. Stott
Eric Layne .... production accountant
Ann Lukacs .... location manager: Colorado
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Mark McSorley .... staff assistant
Charlie Nadler .... staff assistant
Dawn Perlin .... assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Quentin Pierre .... assistant: Mr. Freeman
Tom Poole .... stand-in: Richard McGonagle
Lois Radcliff .... craft service
Willie Radcliff .... craft service
Deborah Ricketts .... stock footage researcher
Rocky Schmidt .... technical advisor: Jeopardy
Matthew Schoenbaum .... staff assistant
Chris Scott .... assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Christine Scott .... assistant: mr. nicholson
Gene Starzenski .... first aid (as Eugene Starzenski)
Galadriel Thompson .... researcher
Maria Westfried .... assistant: Mr. Greisman
Paula Whiteman .... medical technical advisor (as Dr. Paula Whiteman)
Andrew Will .... staff assistant
Shawn Williamson .... staff assistant
Rio Ahn .... stand-in (uncredited)
Michael Wesley Aycock .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
April Betts .... photo double (uncredited)
Steven W. Blumenfeld .... video playback engineer (uncredited)
Trisha Burton .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Jennifer Corey .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Scotch James Diaz Crisostomo .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Bianca D'Carpio .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Maude F. Furia .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Robert Gaskill .... bodyguard: Mr. Freeman (uncredited)
Cindy Nevins .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
David Shannon .... stand-in (uncredited)
Donisha Walker .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lisa Womble .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference
Runtime:
97 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) (theatrical rating) | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:L (DVD rating) | Iceland:7 (original rating) | Ireland:12A | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:M | Norway:A | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #43762)
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Trivia:
Jack Nicholson's own experience in the hospital, just prior to filming, inspired some of the dialogue and acting for the movie. For example, the mirrored glasses seen in the movie were not originally in the script, but Nicholson, who obtained them while in the hospital, brought them to set. Director Rob Reiner decided to include them in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The scene after Edward goes off the jump (during the race), he spins his tires, leaving a huge cloud of smoke. In the next shot, there is no smoke to be seen. Even though the camera angle would not let you see much of it, at least some of the smoke should still have been visible at the right side of the screen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Carter Chambers:Edward Perriman Cole died in May. It was a Sunday afternoon, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky...
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183 out of 239 people found the following review useful.
The Bucket List Movie Review, 25 December 2007
Author: GoneWithTheTwins from www.GoneWithTheTwins.com

One of the most fun and uplifting films of the year, Rob Reiner's The Bucket List is also a likely contender for Academy Award nominations. Wonderfully sarcastic dialogue, poignant exchanges between excellently crafted characters, and an overall beautiful tale of mortality and morality, The Bucket List is an excellent opportunity for two of the greatest actors of our time to show off their inimitable techniques. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman have a chemistry that will have you laughing until you cry and crying at the sight of something truly majestic.

Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) is an incredibly wealthy hospital owner who firmly believes that he's running infirmaries instead of health spas, and therefore demands that each room contain two beds and two patients. When a twist of fate lands him in his own hospital, he's stuck sharing a room with Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman). Both men are dying of cancer, and the doctors give each of them only a few months left to live. The two slowly but surely realize how much they enjoy each other's company, so when Carter begins writing a "bucket list", Jack prompts him to see it through. The "bucket list" is a list of all the things both Edward and Carter would like to accomplish in their remaining months (before they kick the bucket) and with Cole's wealth, the two end up touring the world, skydiving and racecar driving. As their list of goals begins to come to an end, they realize how much they've truly lived just in the last few months alone, and how much their short friendship has impacted their lives.

Jack Nicholson's performance is excellent as the curmudgeonly Ebenezer character that receives a change of heart and a change of view with Carter's friendship. Little character development is necessary as we have come to recognize Jack's style over the years. We're already familiar with his character and relate to him in much the same way we feel about all of his recent projects. He's attained a level of recognition that allows us to acknowledge him simply as Jack. Regardless of his role, he's still Jack, and he doesn't disappoint.

The same can be said for Morgan Freeman who continues to play roles that accentuate his knack for worldly, wise and good-natured characters that can make us laugh and cry from moment to moment. Rarely do we see two actors work so well together – this odd couple appears to have been destined for these roles. The chemistry between these veterans is pleasantly refreshing, and because of it, The Bucket List is one of the most entertaining films of the year.

Another aspect, which is a great credit to screenwriter Justin Zackham, is the dialogue, which is continually hilarious even while it borders on heartbreaking. Sarcasm and cynicism are proudly worn by Jack, and the conversations conducted between the two are never dull. Meaningful, affecting and downright funny, the script is amazingly well paced and flows more naturally than anything in recent memory.

Nearly everything is likable about The Bucket List, except the tone of the film, which many awards voters and critics may feel is too repetitious of late. The film is uplifting and heartwarming, and while the conclusion strives for unpredictability, comparisons may be drawn to similarly crafted works. "Driving Miss Daisy" and "As Good as it Gets" are immediately brought to mind, especially because these include the same actors, although the morals of "A Christmas Carol" and "It's A Wonderful Life" are clearly beneath the surface of this feel-good comedy. Despite these comparisons, The Bucket List is wholesome entertainment that will certainly bring director Rob Reiner back into the spotlight, especially after his unpropitious previous project, "Rumor Has It…".

- Mike Massie

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