Why is The Hunger Games rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: The Hunger Games is rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images -- all involving teens.
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.