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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. »


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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The Hunger Games is rated PG-13: intense violent thematic material and disturbing images -- all involving teens.

Director: Gary Ross
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Willow Shields
Studio: 2012 Lionsgate
Website: Official site for The Hunger Games.

Detailed Review

President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is the dictator of a post-apocalyptic country called Panem, where North America once existed. He resides in the highly advanced city called The Capitol, while… 
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Why Is The Hunger Games Rated PG-13?

Violence: The premise of this film revolves around a competition where two-dozen adolescents are… 
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