In Rob Reiner’s “The Bucket List,” corporate billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and working class mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have three things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ever wanted to do before they “kick the bucket,” an unrealized need to come to terms with who they are – and terminal cancer. Together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime, becoming friends along the way and learning to live life to the fullest. Each adventure adds another check to their list, all done with insight and humor.
Will “The Bucket List” be Rob Reiner’s ‘comeback’ movie? It certainly was. “The Bucket List” took in more than $80 million at the United States . Compare that to the grosses of Reiner’s bombs of the last decade – below!
Remember, before his bombs of the last decade – “Rumor Has It,” ($43 million U.S. movie box ofifce); “The Story Of Us,” ($27 million U.S. movie box office); “Alex And Emma” ($14 million U.S. movie box office) – Rob Reiner was on par with Ron Howard.
Not only a former young actor (remember Reiner as Meathead in “All In The Family?”) but also Oscar nominated and acclaimed director – “Misery,” “A Few Good Men,” “The Princess Bride,” “The American President,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Stand By Me,” “The Sure Thing,” and “This Is Spinal Tap.”