Why is The Wicker Man rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: The Wicker Man is rated PG-13 for disturbing images and violence, language and thematic issues.
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.