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Not suitable under 13; parental guidance to 15 (violence, disturbing themes and scenes)
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|Children under 13||Not suitable due to violence and disturbing themes and scenes|
|Children aged 13 to 15||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing themes and scenes|
|Children aged 16 and over||Ok for this age group.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Hunger Games, The: Catching Fire|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
After winning the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) have returned home to District 12 to spend some time with family and friends including Katniss’ boyfriend, Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Unfortunately, Katniss and Peeta’s time at home is short lived because they are required to embark on a victory tour of Panem’s districts having to pretend they are in a passionate relationship.
But the tour does not go as anticipated. Panem’s downtrodden masses see Katniss and Peeta’s victory over the 74th Hunger Games as a sign of hope, which sows seeds of rebellion. Fearing an uprising by the masses, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) decides to quash all thoughts of hope and rebellion by doing away with Katniss, Peeta and all previous Hunger Games champions.
Snow introduces the Quarter Quell Hunger Games, orchestrated by games-master Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman). The Quarter Quell Hunger Games involves selecting contestants from past Hunger Games victors with Katniss and Peeta once again thrust into an environmentally controlled killing arena.
Luckily for Katniss and Peeta, their Hunger Games mentor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) has managed to sway several contestants to their side. The unexpected result of teaming Katniss and Peeta with their new found allies sets the scene for the final instalment in the Hunger Games trilogy of films.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Teenagers forced to fight to the death in killing games; totalitarian government; oppression and rebellion; self-sacrifice
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
The film contains some intense sequences of violence with some graphic death, blood and gore and injury. Examples including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Ina addition to the above-mentioned scenes there are a number of scenes which will disturb children in this age group, including:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
The above scenes will also disturb children in this age group
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
None of concern in the film but associated merchandise being marketed to young children.
The film contains infrequent low-level sexual references and innuendo. Examples include:
The film contains some partial nudity and low-level sexual activity. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film includes some coarse language. Examples include:
The Hunger Games: Catching fire is an action adventure targeting an older adolescent audience and fans of the Hunger Games series of novels. Catching Fire is a sequel to the first Hunger Games film and follows a similar storyline with the film’s two heroes inspiring the masses to rebel while being forced to compete in a fight to the death. As with the previous film, violence and disturbing themes and scenes make the film unsuitable for tweens and younger teens who may have read the books or be attracted by the film’s marketing.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include courage and self-sacrifice.
This movie could also give parents of older children the opportunity to discuss totalitarian governments and their effects on the citizens who live under their rule
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