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The Hunger Games

Take old-fashioned gladiator games and modern-day reality TV programs and you have The Hunger Games. Set in a future time, this survivor show is televised to the masses. But getting volunteers to fight to the death takes a bit of forceful persuasion. When Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence) younger sister (Willow Shields) is conscripted, the older teen selflessly decides to go in her place. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 142
Theater Release: 23 Mar 2012
Video Release: 18 Aug 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is The Hunger Games Rated PG-13?

Violence: The premise of this film revolves around a competition where two-dozen adolescents are forced to fight to the death until only one survives. They are provided with a variety of weapons (except guns) to accomplish this task. Scenes show teens maiming and killing each other, yet explicit details of blades and arrows puncturing bodies are shown on only a few occasions. Other combat scenes feature a rapidly moving camera or editing that cuts away to obscure violent details. Blood effects are frequent, including close-ups of gory wounds. Some teens band together and plan their offense. The coordinators of the event are dishonest and manipulate the rules of the game and emotions of the contestants. Animals are hunted and killed.

Sexual Content: A teen boy and girl have an obvious attraction to each other. Another teen boy and girl become fond of each other and eventually share a kiss. A girl’s clothes are removed as she is cleaned and prepared for public display, however very little of her body is seen.

Language: At least half a dozen mild profanities are included.

Drugs/Alcohol: An adult character is frequently inebriated. Other characters are seen drinking socially.

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