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"THE HUNGER GAMES"
(2012) (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Minor
Sex/Nudity Minor
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Drama: In a post-apocalyptic world, a 16-year-old girl tries to stay alive as she competes in a televised battle to the death with twenty-three other kids.
PLOT:
Sometime in the undetermined, post-apocalyptic future, Capitol President Coriolanus Snow (DONALD SUTHERLAND) and his government forces control the populace of Panem by dividing them into twelve districts. To prevent any uprising among those poor groups, the government has created the Hunger Games, where one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 are selected to compete in a battle to the death. Run by Seneca Crane (WES BENTLEY), the Games are designed not only as televised entertainment for the gilded masses of the Capitol, but also to show everyone else that the government is in complete control.

The competitors, known as Tributes, are selected in a lottery known as the Reaping, and most recognize it's a certain death sentence since only one person will come out alive. With that in mind, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen (JENNIFER LAWRENCE) volunteers to take the place of her younger sister, Prim (WILLOW SHIELDS), when the latter is selected. With their mother (PAULA MALCOMSON) worried about her safety, Katniss leaves behind close friend Gale Hawthorne (LIAM HEMSWORTH) and sets off for the Capitol with the other competitor from their district, the baker's son Peeta Mellark (JOSH HUTCHERSON), and their representative, Effie Trinket (ELIZABETH BANKS).

With four days of training before the Games begin, Katniss -- who's quite capable with a bow and arrow due to having to hunt for food for her family -- and Peeta hope that their mentor and former Games winner Haymitch Abernathy (WOODY HARRELSON) will give them helpful advice and tips about how to stay alive. And stylist Cinna (LENNY KRAVITZ) does his best to make them as appealing as possible before appearing on a TV show with host Caesar Flickerman (STANLEY TUCCI). That's important because potential sponsors could send them life-saving food and/or supplies.

As the Games begin, various competitors are killed in the initial bloodbath, while Katniss flees into the woods where she eventually befriends and is assisted by Rue (AMANDLA STENBERG), a much younger girl. But they must contend not only with ruthless competitor Cato (ALEXANDER LUDWIG) and his band of followers, but also the knowledge that only one of them will make it out alive.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many will, especially if they're fans of the novel (and its sequels) on which this film is based.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens.


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