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Monday, December 17, 2007

The Bucket List

(Guest Review by Russ)

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: Two terminally ill men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) check out of a cancer ward to embark on a road trip around the world with a wish-list of things to do before they kick the bucket.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Rob Morrow, Beverly Todd

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGo! What could have been an overly maudlin film manages just enough restraint to keep things entertaining, funny, and relatable. Its holiday-timed release is ideal as this is a movie that just about anyone can – and will – enjoy.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Thankfully, yes. And you’ll laugh a lot, mostly thanks to Nicholson’s performance.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: Bring Kleenex. Lots of it.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Probably not, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Jack Nicholson is in top form as an irascible billionaire with a few surprises up his sleeve. From start to finish he’s fun to watch. Morgan Freeman makes for a perfect foil, and it’s nice to see Sean Hayes in a more subdued performance than on Will & Grace-- although no less funny.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The Bucket List is a nice return to form for director Rob Reiner. While maybe not as good as his very best work, like When Harry Met Sally, it’s far better than Rumor Has It.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: There’s no denying that this was written to be mainstream entertainment, and the script feels that way. There’s nothing really new here, but the story still manages some nice surprises and genuinely touching moments that won’t make you cringe.

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