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by Jonathan McKee

Wicker Man, The (12/19/2006)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images and violence, language and thematic issues.

Directed by Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things, Possession, Nurse Betty)

Starring Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski

Jonathan's Rating: Skip it

You probably don’t even need my 2 cents on this one. One glance at the cover tells all.

Skip this one.

Nick Cage plays a curious cop who goes to a secluded island to investigate a missing person. This bizarre recluse group of women seem to engage in bizarre pagan rituals. As Cage’s character investigates, he unveils a plot for human sacrifice… and he isn’t happy to discover the main ingredient.

The film actually kept me in the beginning. But the more I discovered, the less interested I became. My disinterest hit its peek at the revelation of the 50 foot wicker man at the end of the film. Although I found it rather comedic to listen to the audio commentary and hear how engaged the director, editor and cast were by the film. I guess someone needed to enjoy it!

The DVD features a “director’s” edition that was even more of a dud than the first edition. It was humorous to hear the director’s commentary as he explained how “unsettling” the extra footage was. Call me numb, but I wasn’t unsettled… I wasn’t even awakened.

Skip it.

Little kids shouldn’t. And every other age will be bored.

Side Note:
As said above, we recommend you skip this film. But on the occasion that your teen actually has already seen it, you may want to dialogue about the film with them. These questions below may be a help to you.

Conversation Starter
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):

  1. What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?

  2. How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to this movie?

  3. How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this movie to actually living out those opinions?

Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee is the author of over a dozen books including the brand new More Than Just the Talk, Sex Matters, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three kids Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.

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