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Overall B-

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.

Violence D+
Sexual Content B+
Profanity B
Substance Use C+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 intense violent thematic material and disturbing images -- all involving teens.

Talk to your kids about…

The Hunger Games

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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