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(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*] (1hr 37min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 31, 2006
50 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2006), PG-13 ["Lite" R-13*].

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Millennium Films Inc., Nu-Image Films, Redbus Pictures, Emmett/Furla Films, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG III, Alcon Entertainment, Brightlight Pictures Inc., Nu Image Entertainment GmbH, Saturn Films
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures
Director(s): Neil LaBute
Producer(s): Nicolas Cage, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Norman Golightly, Manfred D. Heid, Gerd Koechlin, Josef Lautenschlager, Avi Lerner, Elisa Salinas, Joanne Sellar, Joanne Sellars, Trevor Short, Andreas Thiesmeyer, John Thompson, Brad Van Arragon, Shawn Williamson
Screenplay; Anthony Shaffer (1973), Neil LaBute, Anthony Shaffer
Cinematography/Camera: Paul Sarossy
Music: Angelo Badalamenti
Film Editing: Joel Plotch
Casting: Heidi Levitt
Maureen Webb
Production Design: Phillip Barker
Art Direction: Michael DinerViewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

In this, yet another R-13, remake of the 1973 horror film, California State Freeway Patrol Officer Edward Malus (Nicolas Cage) stops a woman in her station wagon to return a doll thrown out of the car ostensibly by her young daughter. While stopped, the little girl tosses it out again about ten feet away from the car. Officer Malus again retrieves the doll but this time he could not get back to the car before a semi demolishes it, fire destroying anything by which to identify the occupants.

Edward is so shaken by the trauma he takes a couple weeks leave from the force. During his convalescence his ex-fiancé Willow Woodward (Kate Beahan) writes him a letter telling him her young daughter Rowan (Erika-Shaye Gair) is missing and pleads with him to find her. The best lead Edward can find with which to start is Summersisle colony on a private island off the coast of Washington.

The Celtic matriarchal colony is headed by Sister Summersisle (Ellen Burstyn) who leads the female population with the male inhabitants under their thumbs. The focus of the colony is worship of false gods ... er ... goddesses to guarantee good harvests. And, of course, one of their tactics is human sacrifice. The story leads us to believe the sacrifices are of young girls but a twist in the plot reveals a deeper and more sinister plan. Edward discovers the real plan only too late.

Since this report is being posted on opening day, I will not discuss the plot and story in any more detail to prevent spoiling it for you should you opt to view this film. But if you do, I ask that you read the rest of this report and the listing of direct observations in the Findings/Scoring section before you take your little ones (which includes at-home teens) with you or let them see this "lite" R-13 on their own.

With an investigation area score of zero in Wanton Violence/crime (W), The Wicker Man is at least as violent as many R-rated films. A little girl is seen as what appears to be drowned. A man is murdered with his face decimated. Fetuses are seen in formaldehyde. A man is trapped to die. A little girl is seen lighting the murder fire that burns a man alive. More. [Prov. 4:14, Prov. 16:29]

The Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area revealed that profanity is not as prevalent is in most PG-13 films but is present nonetheless, including one use of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8]

Other than seeing an adult in underwear, a young woman is seen nude with a covering of bees hiding her gender-specific areas and an invitation to participate in sexually immoral behavior are about all the Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area could find. While nudity itself is not sinful [**], display of it is since doing so is enticement and a tease. [2Pet. 2:18]

One instance of smoking and some people drinking in a bar are all the Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area found.

What the Offense to God (O) investigation area is quite another matter. This is a film of Celtic worship of false gods and human sacrifice. [Ex. 20:3, Ex. 34:14] This investigation area also found enough material to reduce the area score to zero making it, too, equivalent to many R-rated films including by the multiple uses of God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

The Murder/Suicide (M) investigation area found two murders, once by mutilation with gore and another by incineration though the actual burning is not seen though screaming is heard. [Rev. 22:15, Rev. 21:8, Gal. 5:21, Ex 20:13]

Please inspect closely the listing in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, before you decide whether this film is fit either for your little ones or for yourself.

FYI, I may rent the 1973 original The Wicker Man, which was rated R, just to do a comparative between the content of a 1973 film and its modern remake. If I were a betting man I would be willing to wager the R-rated original will earn a higher score than this PG-13 remake. Stay tuned.


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  • Prov. 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the behavior/action on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy (injurious speech, slander in this use), filthy communication [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene] out of your mouth. **"Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation.
  • 2Pet. 2:18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.
  • Ex. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  • Ex. 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [of Heaven] are the dogs, those [unforgiven] who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Gal. 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things [who are unforgiven] shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. ["Kill" in this use is "ratsach" {raw-tsakh'} which is to murder, to slay.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Wicker Man (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • intense traffic collision with deaths, fire and explosion, includes several flashback images
  • dreamstate bizarreness
  • little girl body underwater
  • dead little girl
  • fetus in formaldehyde
  • woman changing to swarm of bees - dreamstate
  • entrapment to kill
  • dead body
  • breaking and entering, repeatedly
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • staging of ritual sacrifice of child
  • firearm to control, repeatedly
  • child lighting murder fire

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • seven uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, once before a child
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • forceful invasion of privacy
  • men as mindless servants

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • child by immoral sex
  • adult in underwear, twice
  • nude woman with gender-specifics covered with bees
  • invitation to have sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • bar
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • four uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and seven without
  • defying rules for money
  • sense of occult secrecy throughout
  • book of rituals
  • drawings of murderous rituals
  • worship of false gods, many, repeatedly
  • celtism
  • worship of images of beasts
  • prayer to false gods by many

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder victim with gore
  • murder by incineration, actual burning not seen but screaming heard

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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