Friday, January 11, 2008

The Bucket List

I never knew that dying of cancer could be so humorous until I saw The Bucket List.

Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) is a Fortune 500 billionaire while Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) barely has two dimes to rub together after half a decade as an auto mechanic and family fan. When both men wind up in the same hospital room with six months to live due to recently developed cancer the two strike up a friendship. Carter never made it through his first year of college, but remembered an assignment from a certain professor. The students were to make a "bucket list," essentially a list of things they wanted to do before they died, or kicked the bucket. The inspiration caused the two men to travel the world and do things they'd never experienced before. While some of the tasks were crazy, such as skydiving, others were more meaningful, like laugh until you cry.

The acting from then duo was truly remarkable and had many in the theater (men included) moved to tears or falling from their seats from laughter. And of course, the movie is chock full of good advice. (i.e "Here's something to remember when you're older Thomas [his assistant] - never pass up a bathroom, never waste a hard-on, and never trust a fart." -Edward Cole)

I definitely recommend this movie to people of all ages. And now I'm off to make my own bucket list...

-Lauren Matovina

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