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The Bucket List - USED

The Bucket List - USED

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Two elderly men, blue-collar automotive mechanic Carter Chambers and billionaire Edward Cole meet for the first time after both men are diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Given that he owns the hospital, Cole demands a private room but his no-exceptions policy regarding double occupancy prevents this.

Carter is a gifted amateur historian and family man who wanted to become a history professor in his youth but he chose to start a family instead. Cole is a four-time divorced health-care tycoon and cultured loner who enjoys tormenting his personal valet Thomas — who later reveals his name is actually Matthew. Cole enjoys drinking kopi luwak, one of the most expensive coffees in the world.

During their time in the hospital, Carter and Cole manage to find common ground. For fun, Carter started writing a list of activities to do before he "kicks the bucket." After hearing he has less than a year to live, Carter dejectedly discards his list. Cole finds it the next morning and urges Carter to do everything on the list, adds his own items to it, and offers to finance all expenses. Carter agrees and, despite the protests of his wife, Virginia, the two patients begin their globetrotting last vacation. They go skydiving, drive a vintage Shelby Mustang and Dodge Challenger around California Speedway, fly over the North Pole, eat dinner at Chevre d'Or, visit the Taj Mahal, ride motorcycles on the Great Wall of China, attend a lion safari in Tanzania, and visit Mount Everest.

Atop the Great Pyramid of Giza, they confide mutually about faith and family. Carter reveals that he has long been feeling less in love with his wife and feels some regret for the life he chose. Cole discloses that he is deeply hurt by his estrangement from his only daughter, who disowned him after he drove away from her abusive husband. Later, while in Hong Kong, Cole hires a prostitute to approach Carter, who has never been with any woman but his wife. Carter declines and realizes Cole was behind the woman's attention, whereupon he insists they stop the bucket list and go home.

During the return journey, Carter tries to reunite Cole with his estranged daughter. Considering this a breach of trust, Cole angrily storms off. Carter returns home to his family while Cole, feeling alone though amid the company of escorts, breaks down weeping in his luxury high-rise suite. Carter's family reunion turns out to be short-lived as while readying for marital romance, he collapses and is rushed to the hospital. Cancer has spread to his brain.

Cole, who is now in remarkable remission, visits him and they share a few moments. Carter, always a Jeopardy! fan knowledgeable about trivia, reveals how Cole's kopi luwak coffee is fed to and defecated by a jungle cat before being harvested. Cole was unaware of this and he and Carter share a hysteric laugh. Carter implores Cole to finish the list without him. Carter undergoes surgery but dies on the operating table.

As news of Carter's death is given to his wife and family, Cole attempts to reconcile with his own daughter. She accepts him back into her life and introduces him to the granddaughter he never knew he had. After greeting the little girl with a kiss on the cheek, Edward thoughtfully crosses "kiss the most beautiful girl in the world" off the bucket list. Soon after, Cole delivers a eulogy at Carter's funeral, during which he explains that the last three months of Carter's life were, thanks to Carter, the best three months of his own life.

An epilogue reveals that Cole lived to age 81, and his ashes were then taken to a peak in the Himalayas by Matthew. As Matthew places a Chock full o'Nuts coffee can alongside another can, he crosses off the last item on the bucket list, "witness something truly majestic", and tucks the completed list between the cans. 


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Inventory Last Updated: Oct 27, 2021