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Hitcher, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Thriller about two college students (Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton) menaced by a homicidal stranger (Sean Bean) to whom they offer a ride while driving through New Mexico while on spring break, subsequently finding themselves framed for the trail of murders left by the killer. Director Dave Meyers' remake of the 1986 horror-action movie starts off promising psychological suspense, but ultimately follows the original's predictable road map of bloody excess and plot implausibility, capped by a flippant act of violent retribution. Strong graphic and gratuitous violence, vigilante justice, a shower scene with partial side nudity, much rough and crude language, and an instance of profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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