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Wicker Man [2006] [PG-13] - 3.7.5



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A police officer (Nicolas Cage) suffering from the memory of being unable to save a woman and a little girl from a fiery wreck, is drawn into a missing person's case on a remote, privately owned island when his ex-fiancée contacts him, asking him to find her missing daughter. When he arrives at the island he encounters mystery and deception at every turn. Also with Leelee Sobieski, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Beahan and Diane Delano. Directed by Neil LaBute. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Two women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and we see a man in boxer shorts and T-shirt in a couple of scenes.
 A man and a woman hug and kiss. Two men and two women flirt in a bar.
 People talk about a fertility festival, and people talk about "breeding." Two girls make a comment about men being phallic symbols.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man finds a dead man's body with the eyes missing (the bloody sockets are evident), the mouth sewn shut and one hand missing (we see bloody tissue and bone).
 A twig and straw structure is set on fire by a little girl, a man inside the structure pleads for his life, the flames engulf him and people watch and chant for his death.
 A man is attacked by many people, they punch and kick him (we hear the blows and hear him moaning), and he is tied around the feet and lifted into a twig and straw structure.
 A car is struck head-on by a truck, the car bursts into flames, a man tries to rescue a woman and a girl trapped inside the car, but the car explodes and throws the man back onto the street.
 A man imagines a girl trapped underwater, he dives into the water and imagines holding the dead girl's body. A man has repeated flashbacks seeing a girl trapped in a burning car and imagines other little girls in peril (being struck by trucks, etc.). A girl is tied to a tree and it is suggested that she is about to be executed as a sacrificial offering.
 A man punches a woman in the face, and a man punches another woman in the face. A woman tackles a man, they struggle and fight, and she is thrown against a wall and is knocked unconscious.
 Many people surround a man, and some of the people have weapons like axes and clubs. A man threatens people with a gun in several scenes. A man barges into people's homes searching for a missing child.
 A man climbs into a well trying to find a girl that he hears crying, someone closes a grate over the top of the well and the man is trapped (he does get out later).
 A man runs into several beehives, he panics, he is chased by a swarm of bees and stung, collapses and falls unconscious (he is allergic to bees).
 A man opens a door and finds a man with growths on his face and body in a bed, and he opens another door and sees a woman with a swarm of bees crawling on her. Two men hold a burlap sack that drips with what looks like blood. We see fetuses in jars of liquid in a laboratory. A man imagines a woman turning into a swarm of bees. A man digs up a grave, opens a coffin and finds a charred doll inside. A man crushes a bee with a beer mug.
 A little girl runs through dark woods crying, a man follows her, he climbs into the loft of a barn, the floor breaks under him, he grabs onto a door, dangles, then pulls himself up. Logs fall off a wagon and nearly crush a man.
 Two women wearing hoods over their heads that also cover their faces escort a woman to a ceremony. We see drawings of disturbing images underneath a child's desk. The male residents of an island do not speak and it appears as if their tongues may have been cut out, although it is not clear.
 A man yells at people in several scenes. People talk about rituals of killing and human sacrifice. Women speak about men in an insulting and demeaning manner. A man talks about a relationship with a woman and that she walked out on him with no explanation.

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word, 2 sexual remarks, 3 scatological terms, anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (liars), 3 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks mead wine and people drink beer in a bar scene. A man smokes. A man takes prescription medication presumably to help him deal with horrific memories.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Guilt, relationships, mysteries, killing rituals, sacrifices, subservience, paganism, religion, "The Celtic suppression of the feminine."

MESSAGE - People's beliefs can drive them to extremes.

Special Keywords: S3 - V7 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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