Bucket List, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +4

Content: -1

Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman. Comedy/drama. Written by Justin Zackham. Directed by Rob Reiner.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Two terminal cancer victims become friends while sharing a hospital room. Mr. Nicholson plays a cynical, lonely billionaire eventually led to a better way by Mr. Freemans good soul. Together they circumnavigate the world, crossing off items they wanted to accomplish before their life came to a close.

PREVIEW REVIEW: It is such a pleasure to view two consummate old pros working seemingly effortlessly, scene after scene. Added to the fun performances, the screenplay incorporates travels to the worlds most exotic locales, including the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids, and Mt. Everest. (Some beautiful cinematography.) And unlike most films dealing with a lead character facing death, this one actually addresses the afterlife. While the Morgan Freeman character explains what other religions say about the Hereafter, a scene of him and his family praying over a meal indicates that Christianity has been his spiritual path. Hes a man with foibles of his own, but his patient, forgiving and compassionate heart reflects a sincere response to his faith, and this obviously has an affect on the Nicholson character.

Perhaps its a bit talky for younger filmgoers, but I think vintage movie lovers will appreciate the story being moved along by character development rather than by things that go boom.

I was troubled by the profane use of Gods name (mostly by the embittered Nicholson character but once by Mr. Morgan, who is playing the more spiritual of the duo). I dont know how to advise concerned moviegoers troubled by Hollywoods infatuation with profanity. Does the profundity outweigh the profanity? Its your call.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Warner Bros.

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Crude Language: A couple of crude remarks concerning sex and bodily functions by the Nicholson character.

Obscene Language: Around 15 obscenities and an equal amount of minor expletives.

Profanity: 6 misuses of Christs name and 6 of Gods name.

Violence: Mr. Nicholsons character has an explosive personality, but his wrath is limited to vocal outbursts. Blood: A man coughs up blood.

Sex: One implied sexual encounter, but nothing is seen.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: A few sexual conversations, but the Freeman character, married for 66 years, makes a point of declaring his loyalty throughout the years.

Drugs: Some drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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