The Bucket List
THE BUCKET LIST (12)
D: Rob Reiner
Warner Bros. (Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Alan Greisman & Rob Reiner)
USA 🇺🇸 2007
W: Justin Zackham
DP: John Schwartzman
Ed: Robert Leighton
Mus: Marc Shaiman
Jack Nicholson (Edward Cole), Morgan Freeman (Carter Chambers), Sean Hayes (Thomas / Matthew), Rob Morrow (Dr. Hollins), Alfonso Freeman (Roger Chambers)
Two terminal cancer sufferers form a friendship and create a "bucket list", a list of things they'd like to do before they "kick the bucket".
For the most part, the balance between comedy and poignancy is perfect, with Jack Nicholson's cynical millionaire a good partnership with Morgan Freeman's wise old sage. There's also a couple of really bittersweet moments and the message of making the most of our days comes across well, as does the message of forming friendships in the most extraordinary of circumstances. I'd have found this film slightly more powerful without the over-sentimental and sappy final 10-15 minutes. It just seemed forced and cliched to me.
Nevertheless, a decent crowd-pleasing comedy-drama.