The Hunger Games Movie TrailerMPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens
Runtime: 142 minutes
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg, Jack Quaid
Director: Gary Ross
Release Date: March 23, 2012
The Hunger Games - Official Synopsis
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
The Hunger Games - About the Books
The Hunger Games book series is a trilogy recommended for teens but read by kids as young as nine or ten. The story is quite suspenseful and at times horrific and disturbing, but it is very unique and lends to a lot of thought-provoking discussions for teens. The series is read by teens in some high school classes and scholastic.com has a resource page for teachers which parents could also use to make the book series or movie more educational. Reading the books beforehand may be helpful for parents deciding whether or not the movie is appropriate for their child. Also check out our Hunger Games Movie Review for Parents.