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The Bucket List (12A)

PUBLISHED: 11:41 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010

The Bucket List (12A) www.warnerbros.co.uk/bucketlist It s testament to the talents of leading men, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, that this affecting drama about a pair of unlikely friends with terminal cancer is so uplifti

The Bucket List (12A)

www.warnerbros.co.uk/bucketlist

It's testament to the talents of leading men, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, that this affecting drama about a pair of unlikely friends with terminal cancer is so uplifting.

Nicholson is billionaire Edward Cole who is forced to take stock of his decadent but empty life when he ends up sharing a hospital room with working class mechanic and fellow cancer sufferer Carter (Freeman).

When the pair is told their days are numbered, they promptly draw up their 'bucket list' - a list of everything they want to see and do before they kick the bucket.

With Cole picking up the tab, the pair embark on an adventure that takes them around the world, adding and crossing off items on their list as they go, at the same time grappling with the big questions of life.

It's fairly formulaic stuff and, given the age of the characters, it's a slow ride at times, but the chemistry between Nicholson and Freeman injects the film with a spark and attitude that all ages can appreciate.

Damian Tully-Pointon

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