The Bucket List B-
Starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman
Directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally…)
Rated PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference
Appropriate for ages 13+
The Story: Two men (Nicholson and Freeman) dying of cancer, decide to put together a list of all the things they want to do before they die. Since one of them is a multi-millionaire, they set off on a fully-funded trip around the world in order to not have any regrets before they kick the bucket.
The Good: Nicholson and Freeman are both very fun to watch together. Their charisma and talent get them through this dark story with flying colors. If you are looking for a good tear-jerker that will make you laugh (and you’ve already seen Juno), then this is a great film for you.
The Bad: Due to the content alone, this is a film that skews older. You won’t see many teenagers fighting to get into the theater, which means that the movie will probably die before the characters. It should get some decent business on DVD, but if you wait for a few weeks to see it on the big screen – it will be gone.
On a more critical note, this is a very predictable picture. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen the Cliff’s Notes version of the film. This makes the tearful scenes seem manipulated, although still effective.
The Summary: It might be a decent movie with very good performances, but it should see a quick box office death.