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The Hunger Games scores PG13 rating for "intense violent thematic material" and a 60 second spot

03.01.2012

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First off here's the new sixty second spot for THE HUNGER GAMES, one which chooses still to focus more on the character side of things and reveal a bit more about Katniss Everdeen's life before she becomes a tribute.

Now: I agree that violence doesn't always make everything better, nor is the quality of a good movie measured by the length of the intestines ripped out of the villain's gut. But sometimes material calls for a harsher take on human interaction. Sometimes certain material benefits from not holding back in any aspect of the story, and not shying away from whatever it is that needs to be said or done.

While I haven't read any of the books in this series I'm still interested enough in THE HUNGER GAMES to care about its movie treatment, which is why I'm happy to hear that the Gary Ross (SEABISCUIT) directed project has garnered a PG13 rating for "for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens."  Not that there was a whole lot of doubt surrounding what the rating would be and why, but it's always encouraging to see a director/studio willing to go the distance the source material commands such that the tragedy, danger, and sacrifice of its characters might be fully honored. 

The games commence March 23rd.

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Extra Tidbit: Anyone out there going to the midnight screening?
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4:41PM on 03/01/2012
It's good to see that this is keeping in line with the books more violent elements. I was worried how this would be handled, but I have more faith that the riskier things will be shown. I'd love to go to a midnight showing of this, but sadly, all of them, except the IMAX showings, have been sold out around me. So, I may well go see it in IMAX.
It's good to see that this is keeping in line with the books more violent elements. I was worried how this would be handled, but I have more faith that the riskier things will be shown. I'd love to go to a midnight showing of this, but sadly, all of them, except the IMAX showings, have been sold out around me. So, I may well go see it in IMAX.
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2:49PM on 03/01/2012
This song does not work with the flow of the trailer. I've seen much better and more intense trailers of this already.
This song does not work with the flow of the trailer. I've seen much better and more intense trailers of this already.
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1:59PM on 03/01/2012
Big shock on the rating. I still sort of wish they'd gone for the R-rating. It would have been a really dumb move as far as the box office returns are concerned, but it would have been a pleasant surprise all the same.
Big shock on the rating. I still sort of wish they'd gone for the R-rating. It would have been a really dumb move as far as the box office returns are concerned, but it would have been a pleasant surprise all the same.
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6:14PM on 03/01/2012
I just realized how poorly sarcasm translated to text for the hundredth time. I meant no shock whatsoever.
I just realized how poorly sarcasm translated to text for the hundredth time. I meant no shock whatsoever.
12:41PM on 03/01/2012
I'm currently halfway through the second book in the series, "Catching Fire," and as I enjoyed the first book, this one I'm liking twice as much. Amazing series. Hope the movie is as good as the book.
I'm currently halfway through the second book in the series, "Catching Fire," and as I enjoyed the first book, this one I'm liking twice as much. Amazing series. Hope the movie is as good as the book.
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2:52PM on 03/01/2012
I'm almost finished the "Catching Fire". Just wait - It's going to get insane.
I'm almost finished the "Catching Fire". Just wait - It's going to get insane.
4:39PM on 03/01/2012
Prepare to be disappointed with the third book, as it's pretty bad and by far the worst in the series.
Prepare to be disappointed with the third book, as it's pretty bad and by far the worst in the series.
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11:08AM on 03/01/2012
Not sure if I'm "Old enough to be cynical" I'm 27 and the only other book I had ever read was Jurassic Park which took me 2 years to read only because 1. I don't have a lot of time to read so I only read it on vacations to the beach etc and 2. because I didn't enjoy reading.

My sister forced me to start reading The Hunger Games and I finished this book in 2 days. It was an amazing read and has now got me into reading more books I am on the 4th book of the Game of Thrones series and highly
Not sure if I'm "Old enough to be cynical" I'm 27 and the only other book I had ever read was Jurassic Park which took me 2 years to read only because 1. I don't have a lot of time to read so I only read it on vacations to the beach etc and 2. because I didn't enjoy reading.

My sister forced me to start reading The Hunger Games and I finished this book in 2 days. It was an amazing read and has now got me into reading more books I am on the 4th book of the Game of Thrones series and highly recommend them too!

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10:49AM on 03/01/2012

Over 30 crowd...recommend the books?

I try to read a lot of what my kids are reading, but some if it is just crap. There's a few gems (Artemis Fowl, The Alchemist), but so much of it is so much tripe thrown together for a fast buck with a never-ending story.

For those of you old enough to be cynical, how are these books?
I try to read a lot of what my kids are reading, but some if it is just crap. There's a few gems (Artemis Fowl, The Alchemist), but so much of it is so much tripe thrown together for a fast buck with a never-ending story.

For those of you old enough to be cynical, how are these books?
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11:08AM on 03/01/2012
I've only read the first one but it's a tough book to put down. I would have gotten it for my 13-year-old nephew but for the fact that his 6-year-old sister would have gotten a hold of it. A PG-13 rating seems about right.
I've only read the first one but it's a tough book to put down. I would have gotten it for my 13-year-old nephew but for the fact that his 6-year-old sister would have gotten a hold of it. A PG-13 rating seems about right.
10:35AM on 03/01/2012
That spot really somes up the first few chapters of the book. Looks to me like this adaption will stay very true to the book.
That spot really somes up the first few chapters of the book. Looks to me like this adaption will stay very true to the book.
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10:31AM on 03/01/2012

I've liked everything I've seen of this

film so far. I suspect this will be the movie to beat this spring.
film so far. I suspect this will be the movie to beat this spring.
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9:49AM on 03/01/2012

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no only cause my girlfriend cant stay awake in a theater past 9 o'clock. however going to see this movie gets me extra benefits so i'm still looking forward to going to see it in a way
no only cause my girlfriend cant stay awake in a theater past 9 o'clock. however going to see this movie gets me extra benefits so i'm still looking forward to going to see it in a way
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