Review: `Bucket List’ Survives Gimmicks

January 5, 2008 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

The Bucket List

The Bucket List

Facing terminal illness, we all should get to experience a no-costs-barred world tour to do everything we ever wanted.

Most of us don’t have the convenient bottomless wallet that allows Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman to do just that in “The Bucket List,” a comic drama that puts director Rob Reiner back in commercial if not artistic form.

Unlike Reiner’s string of duds the last 10 years or so, the movie is easily accessible, with Nicholson and Freeman elevating a story overloaded with cliched life lessons and self-help slogans into a tolerable, relatively painless way to go.

Nicholson and Freeman are so lovably companionable, they almost make you forget the glaring contrivances screenwriter Justin Zackham concocts to bring these two mismatched cancer patients together, making steadfast buddies out of men who never would have met and connected in real life.

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