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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Family Movie Review

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MPAA Rating

for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Francis Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth


Release Date/In Theaters

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Review for Parents

-by Ginger

This is the one that we have all been waiting for. Hunger Game fans will be flocking to this latest edition to the trilogy. The books have been flying off the shelves like gangbusters and you can expect long lines in the movie theater for this one. In Hunger Games: Catching Fire, it seems that the Capitol City was not so impressed with the victory of the young lovers. This Parental Guide to the movies has the story so that you can decide whether or not you want to get your tickets early.

Katniss and Peeta were billed as the star struck lovers who defied the system and won for their districts. However, it seems that their victory has ignited the seeds of rebellion in the Districts of Panem. After Katniss and Peeta return home, they must soon leave again for the Victor's Tour of the districts. Along the way, Katniss begins to sense a rebellion brewing. The Capitol is still very much in control, as they prepare for the 75th edition of the Hunger Games. This one is a special edition known as the Quarter Quell and it is even tougher than the first. Both adults and children compete. This is bound to be a historical event of epic proportions.

The battle that Katniss faces this time is different from the one in the first movie. She is a black mark on the reputation and power of the Capitol City. The Capitol City must destroy her, but they know that simply killing her will only make her a martyr and could possibly cause a revolt. Their plan is to destroy her reputation among those that she loves. They will convince her district that she is no longer one of them, but that her heart belongs to the Capitol City.

Catching Fire is similar to the original in many ways. Only this one packs a bigger punch. This one is rated a PG-13 and this would seem appropriate for the content. However, this Parental Guide to the movies thinks that you should carefully consider the decision to take the younger ones along. There are several kisses, sometimes multiple kisses between the teen characters. There are several barely clothed participants in the games. Johanna Mason undresses in an elevator. Strong sexual references are implied, but not shown. The deal breaker in terms of family friendly movie reviews is that Katniss is pregnant. Even though the movie portrays a fictional setting with different cultural values, some may still find this teen pregnancy off limits.

The scenes of blood, violence, and violent death have something over the first one. This one is much more violent. It includes several scenes of public punishment including whipping. There are several characters beaten to death. Katniss has a gun pointed at her face several times. This movie has many new and inventive ways to die a violent death. Death in s constant specter in this movie. Adults are seen drinking at parties and several of the tributes are said to be taking street drugs.

Many new fashions will be sure to hit High School dances. The violence and action in this version are bigger and more intense than in the original. IMAX cinematography creates a feeling of expanse that brings the action closer to home. This is bound to be a hit, and much of it is similar to the first movie. However, Catching Fire is by far bigger and more intense.

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