Parents warned of violence in teen flick The Hunger Games

Herald Sun (Aust) 27 March 2012
Principals are preparing to alert parents about violent themes in The Hunger Games as the film adaptation takes Australian cinemas by storm. Concerns have been raised about young children exposed to the dark teen hit, which is based on televised fights to the death. The screen version of Suzanne Collins’ teen novel took $9 million in its first four days, eclipsing the first of the cult Twilight franchise. The post-apocalyptic thriller is M-rated – not recommended for people under 15 – but principals say students as young as 12 are avid readers of the books. Berwick Lodge Primary principal Henry Grossek will warn parents this week that it may not be appropriate for primary students. “It’s a film you want to be careful about taking your kids to,” he said. “I find the key premise repugnant: children killing each other as sport for voyeuristic adults in power. I’m not going to lecture parents, but I strongly advise them to talk with their children about it.” The Victorian Principals Association will alert principals that issues could arise.


9 comments for “Parents warned of violence in teen flick The Hunger Games

  1. Megan Foster
    26 March 2012 at 1:21 pm

    The idea that televised violence for entertainment is repugnant is the whole point of the book. Make sure you read and/or watch before passing on second-hand criticisms.

  2. Bob
    26 March 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Is that why it has an M-rating?

  3. david favel
    28 March 2012 at 1:35 am

    M means mature, and has no age restrictions.
    The film is less violent than the book (an example being 1 death in the book is an agonising amount of hours while seconds in the film)
    Overall the movie is empowering to young women by showing that a young female can be a strong lead in a movie dominated by men.
    Possibly more violence would be either shown or alluded to on the netwoek news.

  4. Bob
    28 March 2012 at 5:20 pm

    What does ‘M’ mean?
    Films with an M label will contain storylines and subject matter that is targeted at an older audience, and thus M films (and DVDs) will contain different material from films which carry a PG rating. It is also important to remember that not all G or PG level films are made for children and many are aimed at an adult audience.
    When considering whether or not to take children to an M rated film, remember that the film is suitable for mature audiences. It is also a good idea to read the descriptive note which accompanies the rating to get an indication of the sorts of content that will be included in the film. Content in an M film may include such things as violence, sexual references, offensive language and drug use.

  5. david favel
    28 March 2012 at 8:08 pm

    And the censor cert says “M violence”
    I would encourage ALL parents to use the M and PG ratings as a guide, but that is all they are, a guide.
    A strange example was one of the Lord of the Rings movies that carried a pg cert, because the blood shed was orc, and black so not real.
    This movie was just as violent as the Hunger Games.

  6. david favel
    29 March 2012 at 9:18 pm

    The interesting thing is… this movie has the same rating as Courageous, except it contains car chases, fist fights, a death (alluded to), sexual references and drug dealing.
    Why is this different.

  7. Bob
    30 March 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Seen it?

  8. david favel
    3 April 2012 at 2:41 am

    Sir, I own a cinema. I do caution parents that it is rated M for violence, and turned away a 5 year old yesterday.
    For 2 reasons. 1 it is definately not appropriate for a 5yo and 2 that young will not follow the story and may disturb others.

  9. Bob
    3 April 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Good stuff

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