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The Bucket List (2007)

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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.

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... Edward
... Carter
... Thomas
... Virginia
... Dr. Hollins
... Roger
... Angelica
Annton Berry Jr. ... Kai
Verda Bridges ... Chandra
Destiny Brownridge ... Maya
Brian Copeland ... Lee
... Instructor
Jennifer Defrancisco ... Emily (as Jennifer DeFrancisco)
... Female Administrator
... Mechanic (as Noel Guglielmi)
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Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life. Written by r2k443

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You only live once, so why not die with style? See more »


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Rated PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$161,840, 23 December 2007, Limited Release

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$93,466,502

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$175,372,502
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Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) says the line, "Look, I passed up a lunch with Michelle Pfeiffer to be here". Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer starred in the movies The Witches of Eastwick (1987), and Wolf (1994). See more »

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Taped on the hospital wall next to Carter's bed is a illustration on orange paper that reads 'I love you grandpa'. Its position on the wall changes throughout the scene See more »

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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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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling
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Written by Fats Waller, Harry Link, and Billy Rose
Performed by Jack Nicholson
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As much silly as serious
14 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

"The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young." Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Now and then I should rethink what I've been learning all these years as a critic because I predicted The Bucket List would have all kinds of holes in it. It did, but they were tiny blemishes in an otherwise solid frame. This is a good movie, as much silly as serious. And therein lies the skill of director Rob Reiner, who makes sure Jack doesn't kill the lines with bluster and Morgan doesn't drown them in vocal sweetness.

Edward (Nicholson) and Carter (Freeman) meet in hospital where they have been given less than a year to live because of cancer. They bond, create the "kick-the-bucket" list of ten things to do before dying, and then do them. The hokey process shots at several of the world's wonders indicate the surety of Reiner's direction where he evokes the old Hope and Crosby road pictures and emphasizes that the journey is the important thing, not the destination.

Both men laugh and cry and change in subtle ways that make this not a maudlin exercise in death denial but rather a celebration of love through friendship, regardless of the grim future. Although Justin Zachman's script is overall weak given the actors' worth, there are lines that save it all from mediocrity: As Edward the cynic says, "We live, we die, and the wheels on the bus go round and round." As Carter the humanist says, "You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you." The two philosophies, fate and love, caress in a slow dance to recognition of life's true value.

The Bucket List is not half as sappy as I sound so far; it is a sober rendering of life's lessons at the end by two different men who find their common humanity.


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