2008-01-25 / Community

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"The Bucket List' - Death Watch List
Review By Robert Snyder

God and the Devil. Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. Those two actors are known for playing those two roles.

While the morality of the embodiment of good and evil are at opposite ends of the pole, the spirit of fun is shared by both.

That is where Freeman and Nicholson contact in their new film, "The Bucket List."

And, 'The Bucket List" is a fun film, even though it is about two terminally ill hospital patients, car mechanic/trivia expert Carter Chambers (Freeman) and billionaire/hospital owner Edward Cole (Nicholson). They make a pact, in the form of a wish list, to do all the things they always wanted to do before they "kick the bucket." With mere months before their due date with destiny, they travel the world checking off such items as "Go sky-diving," "Help a complete stranger to the good," "Race sports cars."

Along the way, they discuss issues of faith, marriage, women, children and life in general. Directed by Rob Reiner from a Justin Zackham script, "The Bucket List" is basically a vehicle for the two stars to let loose, before they grow too old to do so. However, the fact that their characters are dying of cancer never gets in the way of the good times, nor does Chambers' spoilsport wife (Beverly Todd) nor Cole's overly efficient, ever-present administrative assistant ("Will and Grace's" Sean Hayes).

Reiner puts the stars through the paces before scenic settings like the Taj Mahal. Nicholson does a few alwaysentertaining temper tantrums, as the ever-benign Freeman presents the calming factor.

They're a good team. It is too bad their characters have to kick the bucket.

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