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Family Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 146 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The movie is extremely true to the book, so there is a fair amount of violence and the aftereffects of violence here. More fighting between victors in the Arena, some kissing, one instance of underage drinking (that is rightly shown negatively), nightmarish sequences, a whipping scene, and the ultimate sense that violence and war, for any reason, is horrible and impactful. The action serves a purpose, and isn’t exploitative.

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is another fantastic adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s original novels, an effective transference of the appeal this universe holds for readers. Bravo.

By Roxana Hadadi

There is absolutely no question that “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be a financial success. Last year, “The Hunger Games” made $692 million on a $78 million budget, and good reviews certainly didn’t hurt. And this year, déjà vu! “Catching Fire” deserves all the money it will make. It’s fantastic in all the ways it should be: engrossing, frightening, and thought-provoking, with an excellent performance from Jennifer Lawrence at its center. Winning that Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook” certainly hasn’t slowed her down any.

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