Where did this movie get its strange title you ask? Well a "bucket list" is the list of things you would like to do in your life before you kick the you-know-what. In the movie, such a list brings together two men who, based on outside appearances, you would think have absolutely nothing in common.
Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) is an insanely rich CEO of a company that's main business is running hospitals. Because of his devotion to making money and being married to his job, his only companion in life seems to be his personal assistant, Thomas (Sean Hayes).
Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) has been married 40-plus years with a loving wife, two sons and a daughter who all adore him. Carter knows just about everything (he watches the TV show "Jeopardy" every day and spits out the correct answers long before Alex Trebek even begins to read them), but the need to support a family early in his life directed him to a career as an auto mechanic.
Unfortunately, these two men do have something in common -- terminal cancer with less than a year to live. Due to a strict hospital policy Edward instituted years earlier, he finds himself sharing a hospital room with Carter. One day Edward discovers Carter's bucket list and decides to add to it. After some discussion, the two men agree to use the limited time they have left on this planet to go on a whirlwind tour of the world.
Thanks to Edward, money is no object and they soon are on his private jet. Along the way they drive expensive race cars, visit the Taj Mahal, sit among the Egyptian Pyramids and ride a bicycle built for two along the Great Wall of China.
In between, they discuss the seriousness and consequences of imminent death, including one's faith and beliefs. Perfectly interspersed are the comedy lines between Edward and Carter that will have you rolling in the aisles. Director Rob Reiner has successfully brought together on the big screen a movie that will have you literally laughing and crying at the same time.
This movie demonstrated how well Nicholson and Freeman work together as actors; you come away thinking these two guys must be best friends away from the camera. They both give strong performances and this is a movie I strongly recommend.