Wild Saturday, 11 July 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes and drug use.

  • The pitch:

    Cheryl Strayed

  • Starring:

    Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Keene McRae, Michiel Huisman, W. Earl Brown, Gaby Hoffmann

  • Directed by:

    Jean-Marc Vallée

  • Running time:

    115 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are punched, hit by an object, held at knifepoint, robbed. An animal is shot. Objects thrown. Screaming, howling, arguing, yelling. Nazi, rape, dismemberment, child death (accident) mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody clothing, cuts, grazes, knuckles, leg, face, feet, toes. Bruising, blisters. Open wounds on animal. Needles injected into skin, empty eye sockets, removing toenail, eating (human) ashes. Tumours on spine, radiation treatment mentioned. Patient in hospital bed, IV drip in arm, X-rays.


    People have sex/oral sex in bedrooms, alleyways. Kissing, caressing, breast-fondling, finger-sucking. Nude couple, exposed breasts, full-frontal male nudity. Skimpy clothing, cleavage, people in underwear, un/dressing. Multiple partners, infidelity. Sexual-themed banter.


    People inject heroin, smoke joints/drugs. Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, hip flask, champagne). Intoxication, bar setting. Smoking (joints, cigarettes, pipe). Drug paraphernalia, drug den. Junkie, heroin, addiction mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, bastard, cr*p. Name-calling. Obscene finger gesture. Religious exclamations.


    Cheryl Strayed, hiking, Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), drug abuse, death, grief, promiscuity, redemption, poetry, desert, solitude, divorce, infidelity, domestic violence, unwanted pregnancy, journalism, mother-daughter relationships, dehydration, preparation, perserverance, self-discovery.


    Deceased mother, horse. Abortion, child killed in vehicle accident mentioned. Hospital, bar, drug den settings. Fox, dogs, cows, hairy caterpillar, rattlesnake, llama, rabbit, owl, horses, frogs, buzzing/chirping insects, flock of birds. Jerky, ribs eaten. Poop, vomiting, toilet, pregnancy test, tattooing, taxidermy animals. Full moon. Based on the book Wild: A Journey From Lost To Found by Cheryl Strayed.


    Tough, honest, unsentimental, non-judgemental, strong, adult, heartfelt, haunting, sensory, sympathetic, fleet, involving, wry, harrowing, compelling, inspiring, soul-stirring, humanist, engaging, sincere. Career-best/powerhouse/uncompromising/transformative/brave/committed/affecting/substantial/magnetic performance from Reese Witherspoon, fine supporting work, beautiful/astute direction, awe-stirring landscapes, richly detailed sound design, smart writing, emotionally resonant, quietly rewarding.


    Episodic, manipulative. Too neat/calculated, on-the-nose narration, heavy-handed/distracting/tiresome cutaway scenes, prepackaged feel.

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