The Bucket List

  • 12
  • Rob Reiner (2008)
  • US
  • 93 min
The Bucket List
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

In this mild comedy about confronting the inevitable, two cancer patients escape their hospital room and set out to cross every entry off a "bucket list" (things they want to do before they kick the bucket). That the two men are Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman is the only good reason to see this sentimental tale that's shot through with good intentions. A neatly packaged look at what everyday life can leave undone, it's charming, if predictable, and certainly doesn't hang about trying to make its point - the boys are in hospital, then they're driving race cars, then they're in Tibet, and then... Well, let's retain what surprises there are. Still, it is money well spent to see Freeman and Nicholson perform, and while they are not a natural double act, they handle even a soppy little number like this with aplomb.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill men from different walks of life who meet in hospital. With their lives ebbing away, they decide to achieve as many things as they can on their "bucket lists" - things you want to do before you kick the bucket. Along the way they discover that you're never too old to learn life lessons.

Cast and crew


Edward Cole
Jack Nicholson
Carter Chambers
Morgan Freeman
Sean Hayes
Virginia Chambers
Beverly Todd
Roger Carter
Alfonso Freeman
Rowena King
Dr Hollins
Rob Morrow


Rob Reiner

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Swearing and sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 15 Feb 2008
Certificate 12
Warner Home Video Ltd