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Carter and Edward get an unexpected wake-up call and end up a roommates in the hospital. They decide to make a list of what they wanted to do and see before they kicked the bucket. Through their adventures they became best friends and came to the conclusion that it was never too late to live life to its fullest.
Comedy Drama - This is a comedy-drama that, contrary to the commercials and
advertising, isn't all silliness but has a lot of serious and sad
moments. The target audience is older moviegoers, particularly males.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 200 moviegoers:OUTSTANDING REVIEWS from all ages, both males and females. It's every bit as good as it appears to be. DON'T MISS "THE BUCKET LIST." (Professional movie critic reviews vary widely and clearly demonstrate the value of our moviegoer reviews.)
A long time ago, Carter Chambers' (Morgan Freeman) freshman year philosophy
professor suggested that his students compose a "bucket list,” a collection of all the
things they wanted to do, see and experience in life before they kicked the bucket.
But while Carter was still trying to define his private dreams and plans, reality
intruded. Marriage, children, myriad responsibilities and, ultimately, a 46-year job as an
auto mechanic gradually turned his concept of a bucket list into little more than a
bittersweet memory of lost opportunities and a mental exercise he occasionally thought
about to pass the time while working under the hood of a car.
Meanwhile, corporate billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) never saw a list
without a bottom line. He was always too busy making money and building an empire to
think about what his deeper needs might be beyond the next big acquisition or cup of
Then life delivered an urgent and unexpected wake-up call to both of them.
Carter and Edward found themselves sharing a hospital room with plenty of time
to think about what might happen next—and about how much of that was in their hands.
For all their apparent differences, they soon discovered they had two very important
things in common: an unrealized need to come to terms with who they were and the
choices they'd made, and a pressing desire to spend the time they had left doing
everything they ever wanted to do.
The list wasn't just a mental exercise anymore. It was an agenda.
So, against doctor's orders and all good sense, these two virtual strangers check
themselves out of the hospital and hit the road together for the adventure of a lifetime—
from the Taj Mahal to the Serengeti, the finest restaurants to the seediest tattoo parlors,
the cockpit of vintage race cars to the open door of a prop plane—with just a sheet of
paper and their passion for life to guide them.
Adding and crossing items off their list while taking in the grandeur and beauty of
the world, they will grapple with the difficult questions and the even more difficult
answers that plague all of us. And, without even realizing it, become true friends. With
humor, insight, heart…and a fair amount of attitude.
Sometimes you just need a deadline to get your life in gear.