The Hitcher

2007 R 1h 24m DVD

The Hitcher

2007 R 1h 24m DVD
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During a cross-country drive, two students pick up a hitchhiker but are soon fighting for their lives when their passenger turns out to be a serial killer. To the authorities, however, the couple appears to be involved in the mysterious man's crimes.
Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough, Kyle Davis, Skip O'Brien, Travis Schuldt, Danny Bolero, Jeffrey Hutchinson, Yara Martinez, Lauren Cohn
Dave Meyers
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating Pause for kids 16 & under
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that 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.

Sexual Content

Grace wears tight tops (bra straps showing, with some cleavage) and miniskirt; she shows her underpants and bra while changing clothes (in car and in bathroom); brief shower scene shows her profile (breasts covered by arm), as well as Jim's naked back (they're in the shower together and kiss); waking in bed in her underwear, Grace mistakes movement under the covers as Jim's, and says "You're making me horny" (it's John Ryder, who says he's "horny," too, and then attacks her).


Repeated, ongoing bloody violence and aftermaths; cars crash, screech, and flip over; weapons include knives, handguns, and shotguns, as well as explosions (car gas tank blows up, with lots of flames and slow-motion drama); couple's car almost hits villain in the rain (jolting scene); villain pulls knife on couple in car and holds it to her eye and his neck; a victim appears with a knife in chest (lots of blood, spurting and seeping); a family appears bloodily dead (mother's throat cut, child's body visible, next to bloody stuffed frog); assaults occur primarily via stabbing and shooting (several shots to victims' foreheads, leaving bloody holes); bloody handprints on windows, bodies on floors in pools of blood; villain's assult on Grace in bed involves kicking, slapping, punching, and her biting him; person chained between two trucks is ripped in half (graphic image).


Repeated uses of "f--k" (about 40, with some in music lyrics), as well as other language, including "s--t," "hell," son of a bitch," "bitch," and sexual slang ("c--k" and "p---y").

Social Behavior

Hitchhiker/killer shows no remorse and no apparent reason for his killings; victims must fight back with increasing violence.


Cars (Dodge Charger); mentions of Cheetos, Doritos, Twinkies, Ding-Dongs; visual of Hostess snack cake.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarettes for sale at gas station.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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