By Leah Rozen Christina Tapper Natasha Stoynoff
January 21, 2008 12:00 PM

Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Sean Hayes, Beverly Todd | PG-13 |


Where are Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon when you need ’em? Even those two dear departed stars, at their grumpiest, couldn’t have saved this mawkish comedy about fatally ill geezers who embark on a whirlwind global trip to tick off goals (“Witness something truly majestic”) on a list of things to do before kicking the bucket. Having met as hospital roommates, a mechanic (Freeman) and a business tycoon (Nicholson) set off to skydive, race cars and visit the pyramids in Egypt. But The Bucket List—and director Rob Reiner—mistakes a saccharine, would-be wacky travelogue for a journey into the soul. Freeman is his usual no-nonsense self while Nicholson gnaws noisily on a ham bone.