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The Woodsman | 2004 | R | - 8.6.7

Kevin Bacon stars as a man recently released from prison after being convicted of sexually molesting young girls. Working at a lumberyard and living in a small apartment across from an elementary school playground, he finds it difficult to feel normal. He's shunned by his relatives, hounded by a suspicious police officer, and afraid that he will be overcome by his urge to molest again. Also with Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def, Eve and David Alan Grier. Directed by Nicole Kassell. [1:23]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man and a woman kiss, she unzips her top, we see them kissing in bed, and he thrusts while lying on top of her; they kiss again and we see her bare breasts, his bare back and buttocks. Also, a man and a woman have sex: they kiss, he thrusts while on top of her, and we see their bare backs, shoulders, his bare buttocks, her bare breasts. A woman in a tank top and thong stands in front of a man seated on a bed, he pulls her onto his lap, holds her tight around the waist and smells her hair. A man asks a girl to sit on his lap (she does not). It is implied that a girl is being sexually abused by her father (a man asks her if he moves his legs in funny ways and says strange things while she sits on his lap, and she cries). A woman talks about having been sexually abused by her three brothers when she was young. A man looks at girls at a shopping mall, appears to be attracted to them and follows them (nothing happens). A man asks another man if he ever has sexual feelings for his daughter. A man and a woman lie in bed together (he's bare-chested and she is wearing a tank top). A man makes suggestive remarks to a woman like, "You look good enough to eat" (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details.). A woman touches a man's knee, and he holds her hand. A woman appears to be flirting with a man but the man is dismissive. A man showers and we see the flesh tone silhouette of his back and shoulders through a glass shower door. A woman bends over, and her shirt pulls up revealing her bare back and a tattoo. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man grabs a man, shoves him against a car, punches him, throws him to the ground, straddles him and punches him repeatedly (we see the man's face becoming bloodier and bloodier). A man grabs a man by the shirt collar and threatens to kill him. A man shoves a man against a locker and punches him in the stomach. A police officer talks about a man having taken a girl from her home after he threatened to kill her mother and that the girl's body was found later (sexually abused). A police officer talks about a girl having been molested. A boy gets into a car with a man he does not know (we hear later that the man is wanted in another state for having raped a boy). A man admits to having sexually molested young girls from the ages of 10 to 12. A man makes suggestive remarks to a woman ("You look good enough to eat"); she throws something at him, yells, hits him and kicks him repeatedly. A man tears up a notebook while yelling in frustration and anger. A police officer talks about the story of "Little Red Riding Hood" and that the Woodsman cut open the belly of the wolf and a little girl came out alive. We see a sex offender website showing photos of convicted offenders. A man follows a girl when she gets off of a bus, and they talk. A man watches another man who watches children on a playground.


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LANGUAGE 7 - 25 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 3 sexual references, 15 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for homosexuals, 2 religious profanities, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Child molestation, sexual abuse, incest, mental illness, psychiatry, psychology, secrets, family, grief, crime, sex offenders, hostility, sodomy, self-reflection, normality, guilt, jealousy, infidelity, friendship, beauty.

MESSAGE - Some crimes are hard to forgive.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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