Cure it with Movies/Books: Bucket List

Last year I wrote about an artist who painted the side of an abandoned house (in New Orleans) with chalkboard paint and  with a grid of the sentence “Before I die I want to _______.” Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk and write down her/his wish. (For the article with photos, click here).

Nearly the same topic has been used in quite a few movies, with protagonists fighting against diseases and illness and deciding to make the best of the short time they have left, doing things they thought they never would be able to do. Sometimes they started this journey alone, but then (thankfully) they find someone to share their troubles and thoughts with.

It could seems that this kind of movies are just 2 hours of complete sadness BUT not everyone are like that. In fact I made a list of movies and books where protagonists react in very differen ways.

Here's to you my picks!


The Bucket List (2007) 
With a strage duo like Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, this movie is a perfect example on not let disease control your life and in changing your opinion and beliefs. Vote: 3½/5

P.S I Love You (2007)
Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler in the movie adaptation of Cecelia Ahearn's novel is a different kind of bucket list: Gerry wants her wife to start enjoying life after his death and make a list of things she has to try.



1. Tessa is a teenage girl with leuckemia and took the brave decision to stop treatments and live what's left of her life following the list of things to do before she dies. Read here my movie review of the movie adaptation.
2. When Brett's mother suddenly dies, the only thing she left to her is a letter: before Brett takes control of the family's company, she has to complete the chilhood list she wrote when she was younger.
3. Liv Jenkins's "Before 30th birthday" bucket list is complete...the only thing she has to do is actually start doing those things...but when she dies, it's her five best friends task to do everything Liv has been unable to experience.

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