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The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Social media star's link to murder case; language, violence.

Movie NR 2023 87 minutes
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The film takes a candid look at the emotional well-being of Caleb "Kai" McGillvary. In The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker, Kai admits to being an abused child before life as an unlikely hero. "He had so much charisma," recalls TV reporter Jessob Reisbeck. Fans shared selfies with the star, and TV crews considered Kai a commodity. "We knew we had gold on our hands," says camera person Terry Woods. But little attention is paid to Kai's mental health, a timely topic worthy of discussion by teens and their families.

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