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Movie Reviews

Film Review: “The Bucket List”

(Opened in Houston Jan. 11. Warner Bros. 1 hour, 37 minutes. Rated PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference. Directed by Rob Reiner.) Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Rob Morrow, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd. Music by Marc Shaiman.

Pleasant comedy-drama is basically a two-man show: Nicholson and Freeman, both 70, indulge themselves (especially Jack) in this story of two men, both cancer patients, who end up sharing a hospital room and eventually a friendship. Nicholson, getting hold of Freeman’s bucket list (a list of things to do before you kick the bucket), decides to get both of them out of the hospital and on a road trip to accomplish as many things on the list as they can…before time runs out. Part of the fun is going along with two old guys as they travel from the Taj Mahal to the Serengeti; from driving vintage race cars to flying prop planes. And then there are the ladies…I’ll stop there. Director Reiner is badly in need of a hit: the guy who gave us such ’80s classics as This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, and When Harry Met Sally… has sunk to such audience-resistant fare as Alex & Emma and The Story of Us. Will The Bucket List restore Meathead to public favor? Critical reaction has been mixed, but I liked it.