As soon as I heard that Rob Reiner’s “Bucket List” opened city-wide today, I wanted to be at my local theater tonight to see it—and I was along with three friends—all of us in our 70s. Putting Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman together in a film, even though I knew it would be schmaltzy, was also very entertaining. Two men, a ruthless, rich corporate boor (Nicholson) and a cultured mechanic who would have made a great college professor (Freeman), meet in a cancer ward. Both have limited time left and Nicholson talks Freeman into living out their fantasies while they can and provides the money to make it possible. In addition to being funny, the world famous sites were fabulous to see.
I laughed a lot and I’ll admit I cried, too, but mostly I just thoroughly enjoyed the film, its humor, philosophy and even the sentimentality. The ending has a twist that I’m still thinking about as I type this. If you like these actors, you can’t go wrong and if you are like me, you get to see it at the senior rate—which is $7.50 at the Regal.
But, I’ll admit I didn’t pay. A nice man named Joe treated me as our friends Rick and Orma introduced us for an evening out. It’s the first time I’ve a blind date (or any date) for a long time and he was a wonderful man. If he calls me sometime, I’d like to spend time with him. Coincidentally, though we didn’t specifically remember ever meeting before, we know many of the same friends and activities in the late 1960s and 1970s as we had actually been in the same parish. Small world.
So, I'm thinking about what I'd put on my own bucket list. What would be on yours?