Why is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language.
Violence: Characters remove a dead animal from a trap. Characters are forced to attend a ceremony. Soldiers storm a crowd, knocking people aside and pulling an old man to the stage where he is shot in the head (not seen on screen). They later carry his dead body away. Soldiers are sent out to the districts to quell the rebellion. A resister is tied to a post and flogged. His bloody back is shown. Other characters are hit with the whip or threatened with a gun. The soldiers round up people, ransack their homes and set buildings on fire. A man is attacked and beaten in order to cause psychological distress to a competitor. Arrows, axes, knives and other weapons are used in the Games. Some characters are electrocuted or killed with poison gas. Wild animals, floodwaters and other natural disasters injure or kill contestants. Bloody injuries are shown on several occasions. A character is badly burned. Characters are covered in blood from a “blood” rainstorm. A woman is attacked and stabbed. Characters experience other forms of psychological torment. A character tries to attack a man with a medical syringe.
Sexual Content: Young characters kiss on several occasions. A girl asks a boy to stay in her room with her after she wakes up from a nightmare. A female character undresses in front of others; some back nudity is seen.
Language: The script contains at least two “bleeped” sexual expletives, some scatological slang, a few moderate and mild profanities, as well as several terms of Deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use:Liquor bottles litter a man’s house and he is shown drunk at the table. Drinks are served at a social event. A character is given a drink to make him throw up so that he can stuff himself with more food. A couple of characters are given medical injections to relieve pain or cause sleep. A main character takes a drink of liquor to deal with a stressful revelation.