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The Wicker Tree | 2012 | R | - 7.6.4

Ostensibly a sequel to 1973's "The Wicker Man": After two Christian missionaries (Henry Garrett and Brittania Nicol) become settled in beautiful Tressock, Scotland, the locals invite them to participate in an annual festival. They accept the invitation, not aware that the residents may be neo-pagans that engage in human sacrifice. Also with Graham McTavish and Kiera McMillian. Directed by Robin Hardy. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - We see a man and a woman engaged in sex: the woman straddles the man, facing away from him as he thrusts (his bare chest is visible and we see the profile of her bare breasts, her bare back and buttocks), and she tells him that a man had sexually climaxed five times and encourages him to climax five times; she then stands up and we see her bare breasts as she makes a sexual remark about female genitals.
 A young man discovers a shirtless woman in a river and she turns around and exposes her bare breasts to the young man (her bare breasts are visible); the woman is implied to be fully nude and invites the young man to go swimming with her, he removes his shirt and boxer-style underwear and walks into the water (we see his bare buttocks), the woman opens her arms and remarks that he could be the "best lover" as he pulls her close and they kiss passionately (sex is implied) and are then shown next to the water as the young man makes a remark about enjoying sex (the woman is later seen giving birth, and it is implied that the young man is the father).
 We see a man and a woman, and it is implied to be post-coital (the woman's bare breasts are visible and the man's bare chest is visible); the woman makes a remark about the man climaxing again, we see an older man and a woman standing outside a window and we hear sexual moaning from inside (implying to be the other man and woman having sex again).
 The bare breasts of multiple women are visible as they dance shirtless around a tree. Several nude men and women are seen in flashes (the bare backs and buttocks of men are visible and a profile of a woman's bare breasts is visible). A shirtless young man wearing boxer-style underwear lies in bed and imagines a young woman next to him, covered in fruit. A young woman's bare buttocks and back are visible as a woman wipes her down with oil (the young woman is unconscious) and we later see the young woman's bare back as she awakens and pulls on clothing. A woman runs her hands over her body, clutching her breasts. A woman wears a very low-cut, cleavage exposing dress. We see a portion of a young woman's bra as she tries on a dress with the assistance of three other women. We see a young man's bare chest and back. A group of men take off their shirts and their bare chests are visible.
 We see a young woman wearing a corset-style midriff exposing top and short shorts as she dances suggestively while singing suggestive lyrics. A young man and a young woman dance, and the young man lifts up the young woman and spins her around.
 A man and a woman kiss, and the man tells the woman that he cannot kiss her while in uniform; the woman teases the man and tells him to take off his clothing and let her see his body (we see the man pull off his sweater and sex is implied).
 A young man and a young woman kiss passionately, the young man puts the young woman on a bed, they continue to kiss passionately, they sit up and the young woman straddles the young man; as he is about to unzip her dress, she pushes his hand away and reminds him that they are abstaining from sex.
 A young man and a young woman kiss passionately, the young man rubs his hands up and down her thighs as she pushes her legs around him and they are interrupted by a phone call. A young man and a young woman kiss passionately with their arms wrapped around one another. A young woman and a young man wrap their arms around one another and they kiss. A young man kisses a young woman's neck. A woman kisses a man on the cheek in greeting.
 A woman helps a man by packing ice under his kilt and he shouts as she puts salt on his wounded crotch and remarks about the health of his genitals.
 A young woman tells a woman and a man that she and a young man have rings to signify their chastity, and the young man remarks that people are not interested in chastity. A woman makes a crude remark about "riding" a young man after a man asks if he would like to ride a horse; the man chastises the woman. A woman sings a song with sexually suggestive lyrics. While praying out loud, a young woman remarks that she did not use the "womanly wiles" with a young man and hopes he will still like her. An older man and a man discuss how a nuclear power plant disaster had poisoned the town's water, causing the people in the village to become sterile.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Several men and women approach a young man, as a man announces that they are going to kill him as a human sacrifice; we see flashes of the men and women biting and eating flesh from the young man's body as we hear him shouting, and blood is seen covering the men's and women's bodies and we see a woman later removing a blood-covered shirt.
 A young woman tackles a man, shoving him into a large wicker tree, she sets the man on fire and the flames consume him as people watch in shock; we hear the man shouting, it is implied he dies as the tree slowly burns. Two men grab a young woman as a crowd of people slowly encircle her and it is implied the group of people kill the young woman as we later see her preserved corpse propped against a throne. A young woman wakes up and discovers herself in a room with four dead women, their bodies fully preserved and tied to thrones; the young woman touches one of the corpse's hands and it shatters, revealing bone.
 A man carrying a large syringe wakes up a young woman, she screams and reaches for a piece of broken glass, stabbing the man in the genitals (we see no blood but hear him scream); the young woman runs out of the room as a woman tries to stop her, the young woman tackles the woman, knocking her to the ground and we later see the woman helping the man by packing ice under his kilt and he shouts as she puts salt on his wound and remarks about the health of his genitals.
 A man shouts at an older man and grabs a young woman, hoisting her to his shoulders as he walks away. We briefly see a young man's arms being pulled by two women.
 We see a man carving up an animal carcass; it is bloody and covered in gore (we see a splash of gore hit a window and blood covering a table saw). We see a basket filled with dead, skinless mice. A woman discovers a dead cat in a young woman's room and it is implied the cat had died after drinking poison intended for a young woman; the woman hangs the carcass upside down and then dumps it into a basket.
 We see an unconscious young woman face-down on a table a woman asks a man why another woman is rubbing the young woman with oil and the man explains it is so the young woman's skin can peel off more easily (implying that they are preparing to kill and eat her). A woman explains to a young woman that a young man had been killed as a sacrifice; the woman then explains that the young woman is going to be killed as well. A man explains to a young woman that a young man had been killed and his body would never be found. A man shouts at a cat and a young woman chastises the man for shouting at the cat, saying that she likes cats. An older man and a man discuss how a nuclear power plant disaster had poisoned the town's water, causing the people in the village to become sterile. A woman asks a young man and a young woman if they believe that people who had not been "born again" would be bled to death. A young man tells three other young men and an older man that the eight playing card reminds him of when God destroyed all but eight people on Earth. An older man warns a young man not to allow people to trick him as he rides a horse as part of a festival. A boy imitates two handguns and asks a young man where he had left his shooters; the young man tells the boy that he had left his guns at home and the boy warns him that the young man could have used the guns the following day.
 A young man is knocked off his horse as the saddle falls off, and the young man stands up unharmed. A cat knocks over a glass filled with milk and we hear the glass shatter.

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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms (1 mild), 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (dumb, mad, idiot, out of your mind, big baby, slimy ancestors, Godzilla, Monty Burns in The Simpsons, heathens, corn-fed apple cheeked way, dumb cowboy, wet hens, wicked old bird), 5 religious exclamations.

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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman appears inebriated as she dances around a kitchen, people in a bar drink alcoholic beverages, men drink liquor while seated around a table, we see a bottle of champagne in a bucket, a young man has a bottle of champagne in his hand and takes a swig, a man drinks beer, and a young man remarks that his father was drunk and had shot at him but missed. A man smokes a cigarette.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Missionary work, pagan rituals, human sacrifice, May Day traditions, nuclear fallouts, natural order, fate, faith.
MESSAGE - Be aware of your surroundings before agreeing to take part in a celebration.
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