I’VE NEVER SEEN THE BUCKET LIST. I’m not sure I know anyone who has: everything you need to know about the 2007 film was pretty much there in the trailer. Two older men who have extremely different backgrounds meet while undergoing treatment for cancer. They have lists of things to do before they “kick the bucket.” The white guy is rich, so he funds their trips around the world. They see amazing things. They learn about life. And then, though they didn’t show this in the trailer, one or both of them dies (it looks like it’s probably Morgan Freeman). It’s very touching.
Probably. As I’ve said, I didn’t see it — I know people who have had cancer, and it’s never seemed joyous or life-affirming to me, and I’m also not a huge fan of movies that, from the trailer, look like they were directed by a youth pastor.
But what has survived is not the movie itself — it’s got an underwhelming 40% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes — it’s the term “bucket list.”