The Bucket List

Posted on February 11, 2008
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the-bucket-list.jpg “We live, we die, and the wheels on the bus go round and round.” was Edward Cole’s (Jack Nicholson) philosophy and comment to his unwelcome roommate and fellow cancer patient Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) as they traveled the world checking items off of their bucket list, a collection of the things the two wanted to do before they “kick the bucket.”

“Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die … In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find the joy in life.” IMDB

The film is a story about death and finding meaning in life.  It is a picture of contrasts between billionaire loaner Cole and blue collar family man Chambers.  It is also a contrast in viewpoints about what is important and how to see the world.

Cole exclaims, “I envy people who have faith, I just can’t get my head around it.”  Yet, as he delivers the eulogy for his new friend, Cole remarks, “… I loved him. And I miss him. Carter and I saw the world together. Which is amazing… When you think that only three months ago, we were complete strangers! I hope that it doesn’t sound selfish of me but… the last months of his life were the best months of mine. He saved my life… And he knew it before I did.” The film is humorous and thought provoking while wrestling with questions that really matter and well worth the price of admission. 

If you haven’t seen it yet put The Bucket List on the top of your bucket list.


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