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Still shot from the movie: The Wicker Man.

The Wicker Man

Nicolas Cage plays a policeman pulled into a missing person investigation when a former girlfriend phones and pleas for his help in locating her lost daughter. The promising premise gets just as lost when the plot plods into pagan rituals and human sacrifice. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Theater Release: 31 Aug 2006
Video Release: 18 Dec 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The Wicker Man Rated PG-13?


For most families, the themes and messages within this film will be more of a concern than content. Pagan-like rituals, selective breeding of humans, and living above the law are all portrayed without consequences for character’s actions. Human and animal sacrifice is depicted, jars containing preserved fetuses are seen, and discussions regarding fertility ceremonies are included. Other violent incidents include a graphically decomposing body, an intense car accident (replayed many times), and a man brutally fighting with a couple of women. No overt sexual content is shown (other than a brief shot of a woman, presumably naked, who is covered in bees) and profanities are sparse (although a sexual expletive is heard once). Cage’s character frequently uses a prescription psychotic drug, as well as swarms of bees attack a couple of character, whom we see later with severe swelling.

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