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Still shot from the movie: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Katniss and Peeta (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) hardly have time to celebrate their survival during the Hunger Games before they find themselves back in the arena facing another life and death battle called the Quarter Quell. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 146
Theater Release: 22 Nov 2013
Video Release: 07 Mar 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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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.

Why is President Snow afraid of Katniss? How does he use fear and intimidation to control the people of his country? Why does he believe that fear doesn’t work as long as there is hope? Why does Snow decide he has to kill off all the past game winners?

How does the opulence and excess of The Capitol compare with the living conditions in the districts? How does Peeta show his compassion for others? How difficult is it to maintain one’s humanity and compassion in a war situation? How does Effie show her compassion?

How does Snow use psychological tactics to traumatize the contestants?

Do these games compare in any way to reality TV? How can a government or other organization use fear, intimidation or distraction to control a group of people? How are people lulled by entertainment, extravagance and excess in the Capitol? What role does the media play?

This movie is based on book two of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of novels, which include The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

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