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The Bucket List

Rob Reiner (2008)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


Two terminally ill cancer patients, one a wealthy tycoon, the other a penniless mechanic, resolve to enjoy the time they have left to live life to the full. While in hospital, the pair draw up a list of all the things they have always wanted to do but never found the time, before embarking on a mission to try them all. Comedy, starring Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes and Beverly Todd.

Cast & Crew

Edward Cole Jack Nicholson
Carter Chambers Morgan Freeman
Thomas Sean Hayes
Virginia Chambers Beverly Todd
Roger Carter Alfonso Freeman
Angelica Rowena King
Dr Hollins Rob Morrow
Director Rob Reiner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Swearing and sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Feb 2008