Why is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material.
Violence: Characters awake screaming from their nightmares. Images of a destroyed town include smoldering ruins, along with hundreds of charred and bloody bodies lying in the streets. A character steps on a skull. Characters wearing black hoods are forced to kneel before being executed (shot in the head) in front of the other townspeople. Corpses wrapped in blankets are piled in a building. Numerous bloody and injured patients are shown inside a hospital, which is later intentionally bombed killing everyone inside. Planes are shot down. Large, fiery explosions are shown. Masked soldiers shoot at a group of men and women (many of the soldiers are later killed in an explosion). Characters are shot at while trying to set off an explosion that destroys a dam—many people are presumably washed away in floodwaters. Citizens are forced into underground bunkers while their town is repeatedly bombed during an air raid. Characters use gas bombs to subdue their enemy. Dead bodies are frequently shown strewn on the ground. Torture methods are discussed and a character is shown with signs of enduring physical abuse. A character attacks another by pushing, hitting and choking, until he is hit over the head with a large object.
Sexual Content: A few moments of embracing and kissing are shown.
Language: None noted.
Alcohol / Drug Use:A character is subjected to a torture regime that includes the use of drugs to cause fear. Gas bombs are used to immobilize an enemy. A recovering alcoholic man asks for “medicine” to help him deal with his cravings and complains about the implementation of prohibition.