Bioethics at the Box Office: End of Life Edition

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CBHD often receives requests from educators and other individuals for popular resources that engage bioethics through various media (fiction, film, and television). In this edition, we offer a recap of materials relevant to end of life that have premiered on the silver screen or television. Readers are cautioned that the films represent a wide variety of genres and may not be appropriate for all audiences. The reason for the rating classification is provided where available. Viewers are encouraged to read annotations/synopses available through such websites as www.movieweb.com or www.imdb.com. If there is a film you think we missed, email us at info@cbhd.org.

 

End-of-Life

  • 50/50 (2011, R for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use)
  • Amour (2012, PG-13 for mature thematic material including a disturbing act, and for brief language)
  • Away From Her (2007, PG-13 for some strong language)
  • Barbarian Invasions (2003, R for language, sexual dialogue, and drug content)
  • The Descendants (2011, R for language including some sexual references)
  • Exit: The Right to Die (in French with subtitles) (2006, NR, documentary)
  • The Fault in Our Stars (2014, PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language)
  • The Giver (2014, PG-13 for a mature thematic image and some sci-fi action/violence)
  • Griffin and Phoenix (2006, PG-13 for sexual content, some thematic elements, and brief strong language)
  • Happy Tears (2010, R for language, drug use, and some sexual content including brief nudity)
  • It’s My Party (1996, R for language and brief nudity)
  • A Little Bit of Heaven (2012, PG-13 for sexual content, including crude references, and language)
  • Lorenzo’s Oil (1993, PG-13)
  • Love and Other Drugs (2010, R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material)
  • Marvin’s Room (1997, PG-13 for thematic elements and brief language)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2005, PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material, and language)
  • My Life (1993, PG-13 for mature subject matter)
  • The Sea Inside (2004, PG-13 for intense depiction of mature thematic material)
  • Seven Pounds (2008, PG-13 for thematic material, some disturbing content, and a scene of sensuality)
  • Source Code (2011, PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language)
  • Still Alive (2014, PG-13 for mature thematic material, and brief language including a sexual reference)
  • Tuesdays with Morrie (1999, NR)
  • When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007, PG-13 for sexual content, thematic material, and brief strong language)
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981, R)
  • Wit (2001, PG-13 for some thematic material)

 

 

Updated December 2016