The film that I’m going to talk about now is both a drama and a comedy. The Bucket List (2007) is a film about two middle aged men, a smart, modest man named Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) and a shallow billionaire named Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) that are near death due to cancer. They decide to write and follow a “Bucket List”, or a list of things they wanted to do before they, well, kick the bucket. This film is quite funny, yet is sad and lingers with the theme of death. This isn’t to say it’s a horror film, but it may be unsettling to small children.
There is a bit of swearing, and some very light sexual references, but no visuals. There is a tiny bit of blood, but it’s very rare. All around, this is a pretty clean film. Or maybe a film that fell in the sand and was mostly dusted off. In short, the references and swearing aren’t that big a deal and might just fly over the heads of younger viewers.
I admire how this motion picture approaches death with humor, and gives off the message to make the most of your life. There is an interesting fact featured in the film: 96% of people don’t want to know when they’ll die. How do you feel about that? Post an answer and a reason in the comments!
Age Recommendation: I give this 9+ because the theme of death may disturb some.
Final Verdict: An enjoyable family film, and one you should invite the grandparents for! 8/10
The movie stars Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and was directed by Rob Reiner. Check out the pictures from the Hollywood premiere of The Bucket List.