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The Hitcher

action & adventure, drama, horror, thrillers

The Hitcher tracks the terrifying trajectory of Grace Andrews and Jim Halsey, a collegiate couple who are tormented by the mysterious hitchhiker John Ryder, a.k.a. The Hitcher.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Very bloody remake of Rutger Hauer cult favorite.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know this remake of a 1986 horror film about a ruthless killer is violent and bloody from beginning to end. Bloody bodies, body parts, and splats of blood appear repeatedly. Weapons include knives, handguns, shotguns. Cars crash and flip over. Assaults are brutal and gratuitous (a rabbit is killed at start of movie, just because). There are images of gunshots to foreheads, and a stabbing victim lingers for some time, gasping and praying as his chest spurts blood. The goriest bits include a body ripped in half between two trucks (in the original movie, this was implied; here, it's shown) and a shotgun assault. Some fairly mild sexual scenes and strong language, including about 40 uses of "f--k," plus other profanity and sexual slang.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the characters change over the course of the movie -- particularly Grace. How does she become hardened by her experience with John Ryder? Families who've seen the original can also compare the two. What's different about this version? How do the changes reflect how media standards and culture has changed over the past 20 years? Why do you think they decided to remake this movie in the first place?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Brian Marder,, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rotten: For my taste, it was better off left dead, roadkill on the cinematic highway.

- Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies, Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fresh: There are several good jumps and scares, and it's surprisingly tense the whole way through, not just gory and cheesy.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Friday, January 19, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This is the only Hitcher version I rather stuck on. It is this one!

- ScoopOnline, Thursday, December 17, 2009

2 stars

Really a piece of trash, I couldn't even finish watching. They took everything away from a movie I hold dear to me. Sofia Bush was the only, and I mean only reason to watch this. Sean Bean just totally missed the point of his character. It's a movie that should never have been remade.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2 stars

While Sean Bean deserves credit for his 'menacing' performance (applause), I'm disappointed that the film overall was really nothing to get excited over... Just another instance of where the remake has fallen short of the glory of the shocks don't make a remake better people...

- Showrogan, Monday, April 6, 2009