THE WOODSMAN

Empathizing with a Pedophile

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Release Date: December 24, 2004

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick,
Mos Def, Benjamin Bratt, David
Alan Grier, Eve

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 87 minutes

Distributor: Newmarket Films

Director: Nicole Kassell PRODUCER: Lee
Daniels

Executive Producer:

Producer: Lee Daniels EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Kevin Bacon, Damon
Dash, Brook Lenfest, and Dawn
Lenfest

Writer: Stephen Fechter and Nicole
Kassell BASED ON THE PLAY BY:
Stephen Fechter

Address Comments To:

President Bob Berney
Newmarket Films
597 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 303-1700
Fax: (212) 421-1163
Website: www.newmarketfilms.com
Email: info@newmarketfilms.com

Content:

(PaPa, C, Ho, LLL, V, SSS, NN, A, D, M) Strong pagan worldview with a weak attempt at positive redemptive content, including image of a church and a Christian spiritual played at the end, and brief homosexual reference when man says he thought woman was a lesbian; at least 45 obscenities and four strong profanities; man beats up pedophile and policeman talks about violence in Little Red Riding Hood story; implied fornication between adult heterosexual couple, depicted fornication between adult heterosexual couple, man seduces little girl to sit on his lap, talk about little girl sitting on her father’s lap, unmarried couple kisses in bed, woman mentions past act of adultery, and pedophile gets little boy to ride away in his car; brief upper female nudity and upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, jealousy.

GENRE: Drama

Summary:

THE WOODSMAN stars Kevin Bacon as Walter, a convicted pedophile who tries to re-establish a normal life after being in jail for 12 years. In this abhorrent handling of a sensitive subject, which contains plenty of strong foul language and other immoral sexual content, the pedophile protagonist comes across as the most sympathetic character.

Review:

THE WOODSMAN stars Kevin Bacon as Walter, a convicted pedophile who gets out of jail after 12 years. Walter gets a job and finds a girlfriend at work, but he still struggles with his desires to seduce young girls. It doesn’t help, of course, that he’s chosen an apartment overlooking a grade school. When word leaks out at work about his past, his co-workers shun him, including his girlfriend. Walter is tempted to repeat his crime. Meanwhile, a local policeman harasses him, and Walter intervenes when he sees another pedophile stalking the nearby school.

THE WOODSMAN is well-produced but shows signs of the kind of dramatic pretension afflicting many independent movies, especially movies by filmmakers straight out of film school. The main problem, however, is that Walter the pedophile is more sympathetic than the people who reject him because of the nature of his crime. He is also more sympathetic than the local policeman, who’s just doing his job by keeping a close eye on Walter. Scenes of Walter stalking a young girl are provocative in the worst sense. This abhorrent handling of a sensitive subject is accompanied by strong foul language, depicted fornication and nudity.

In Brief:

THE WOODSMAN stars Kevin Bacon as Walter, a convicted pedophile who gets out of jail after 12 years. Walter gets a job and finds a girlfriend at work, but he still struggles with his desires to seduce young girls. It doesn’t help that he’s chosen an apartment overlooking a grade school. When word leaks out at work about his past, his co-workers shun him, including his girlfriend. Walter is tempted to repeat his crime. Meanwhile, a local policeman harasses him, and Walter intervenes when he sees another pedophile stalking the nearby school.

THE WOODSMAN is well-produced but shows signs of the kind of dramatic pretension afflicting many independent movies, especially movies by filmmakers straight out of film school. The main problem, however, is that Walter the pedophile is more sympathetic than the people who reject him because of the nature of his crime. He is also more sympathetic than the local policeman, who’s just doing his job by keeping a close eye on Walter. Scenes of Walter stalking a young girl are provocative in the worst sense. This abhorrent handling of a sensitive subject is accompanied by strong foul language, depicted fornication and nudity.