In "The Bucket List" two complete strangers lie on their deathbeds, knowing they are near the end of their lives.
Edward Cole is the owner of a hospital corporation. Edward has no family, so he is technically married to his work.
In the opening scene, he is trying to defend his point of view that a hospital is a fine business when he falls sick.
It hits him hard when doctors diagnose him with cancer and he gets stuck in a room with Carter Chambers, a mechanic with a loving family.
Cancer is Carter's diagnosis, as well.
In the beginning, the men ignore each other. Then one day, bored with being cooped up in the room together, they start to talk and form a bond.
When Edward's doctor tells him he has six months to live, Carter realizes he does not have much time left either and makes a list, "The Bucket List."
He only made the list to pass the time, so he crumples it up and tosses it away.
The next morning Edward finds it, peeks at what is written on it and comes to the conclusion, they should pursue the items on the list before they "kick the bucket."
With a little hassle from his wife, who thinks she should just take care of him, Carter decides that he is going to follow through with Edward's plan.
The first thing on the list is skydiving and Edward has a blast doing this.
Then they race cars.
They travel to exotic locations: they stop in places like India, China, France and the Himalayas, doing all these bewildering things.
After having a wild ride, they return home in time for Thanksgiving. They go back to living their old lives.
Carter's health begins to fail and he ends up in the hospital again. His now-good friend Edward comes and visits him and gets "the bucket list" from Carter and finishes it for them both.
I would fully recommend this type of film to older audiences because it had a lot to do with what they might go through in life. I watched "The Bucket List" and liked it. I thought that it was chock-full of great morals: one of them being you should never judge a book by its cover, because you never know how good its going to be until you dig in and see for yourself.