Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
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
This story shows an excellent chemistry between the two leads, of course the result is a bit syrupy, but Bob Reiner has struck a nice balance between drama and comedy, showing both the sentimental factor but also values , good humor and poignant conversations. Everything is entertaining, also due to Morgan Freeman's and Jack Nicholson's class and capacity to display emotions. Overall it's convincing, despite not being that original and for not being a tear jerker story; of course many moments are moving and touching but never honeyed and trite. Landscapes shown in the movie are wonderful, though everything was shot in a studio and not on the spot.
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