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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. »

5

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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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What lessons about war and conflict does this movie intend to teach? What situations in the “real world” might this film reflect? Why do you think the author of the novel used teen characters as the central theme of the conflict?

How does the depiction of violence differ in a realistic portrayal with young characters versus a fantastical movie featuring an adult cast?

This movie is based on the book The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. It is part of a trilogy, which includes Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

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