Nicholson plays Edward Cole, a filthy rich man who suddenly finds himself fighting stage IV cancer. He meets Carter (Freeman) in the hospital, who is also fighting stage IV cancer. The two men find out they only have months to live, and decide to "live it up" on Nicholson's dime. During their attempts to come to grips with the end of their lives, they realize just how much living is left in them.
Nicholson and Freeman are flawless on the screen, and you'll find yourself laughing and crying at the same time in this not-quite buddy movie. Not only is this an excellent film, but because it addresses death in a mature fashion, going to see this movie in the theater is a wonderful experience, thanks to the dearth of teenagers and pre-teens in the theater. In fact, when I was in the theater, I was amazed at the courtesy of the other theater attendees, until I realized that at 37, I was one of the youngest people in the packed theater! I wasn't annoyed by feet on top of the backs of chairs, the buzzing and clicking on cell phones, the giggling and painfully loud chewing from unclosed mouths. I haven't had such a pleasant audience experience since Schindler's List.
5 stars out of 5 for this movie - it's a gem.