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Still shot from the movie: The Bucket List.

The Bucket List

What things do you hope to do before you kick the bucket? After two cancer patients (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman), who are sharing the same hospital room, discover they also share the same prognosis, they decide to spend the last six months of their lives accomplishing as many of those dreams as they can. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 97
Theater Release: 24 Dec 2007
Video Release: 09 Jun 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The Bucket List Rated PG-13?


This story about two aging men dying from cancer, is unlikely to have huge appeal to young audiences—even though it holds some thoughtful messages about life’s priorities. Content concerns include language (a sexual expletive, finger gesture, as well as infrequent mild and moderate profanities), sexual references and innuendos, the portrayal of woman who is likely a prostitute, and a couple of brief, non-explicit comments about sex outside of marriage. One scene shows a woman exiting a man’s bedroom (suggesting a sexual encounter between them), and another has a woman dressed in a sensual nightgown to catch the interest of her husband. The difficulties of chemotherapy are discussed, and a character is seen and heard vomiting. In two other medically related incidents some blood is shown. A character is briefly seen holding a cigarette (implying this is a contributing factor in his cancer diagnosis). Social drinking is also depicted.

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