The Bucket List, 2008

I’m not going to review this new release myself, because Ebert, a cancer survivor, did such a great job.

After reading Ebert’s review, I certainly have no desire to see the film, much as I love Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicolson, the two actors who play aging men who meet in a cancer ward and bond.

“‘The Bucket List’ is a movie about two old codgers who are nothing like people, both suffering from cancer that is nothing like cancer, and setting off on adventures that are nothing like possible,” Ebert writes. “I urgently advise hospitals: Do not make the DVD available to your patients; there may be an outbreak of bedpans thrown at TV screens.”

And the best paragraph in the review:

“The movie, directed by Rob Reiner, was written by Justin Zackham, who must be very optimistic indeed if he doesn’t know that there is nothing like a serious illness to bring you to the end of sitcom cliches. I’ve never had chemo, as Edward and Carter must endure, but I have had cancer, and believe me, during convalescence after surgery the last item on your bucket list is climbing a Himalaya. Your list is more likely to be topped by keeping down a full meal, having a triumphant bowel movement, keeping your energy up in the afternoon, letting your loved ones know you love them, and convincing the doc your reports of pain are real and not merely disguising your desire to become a drug addict. To be sure, the movie includes plenty of details about discomfort in the toilet, but they’re put on hold once the trots are replaced by the globe-trotting.”

Don’t see this film, but do read Ebert’s review.

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