Honestly, I have no desire to see this movie, nor will I allow my two youngest kids to see it. I don't care if "everyone is seeing it." I've never been one to care too much about what "everyone" is doing. Frankly, I do not understand why any Christian parent would think this was an okay movie. Call me rigid (I'm not - but I care about what my kids see). That said, I cannot give my own review of the The Hunger Games.
What I can do is encourage parents, especially parents of traumatized/attachment disordered kids, to THINK. Use the tools we teach our kids: Stop. Think. Breathe. And then respond. I'm not saying you're a bad parent if this movie is okay for you and your family. I'm just saying I don't understand it. And I always promised to be honest and real on this blog. So, there you go. Do you have a child who suffered neglect? One who didn't have enough food to eat? What about one who was abused? Taken advantage of by adults? Used in some sick way for an adult's entertainment? Then ask yourself if the good of the artistry outweighs the triggers of the themes and make your decision from there.
Here is a link to Christianity Today's review of the movie: The Hunger Games.
MPAA rating: PG-13(for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images, all involving teens)
Genre: Action, Drama
March 23, 2012
Directed by: Gary Ross
Runtime: 2 hours 22 minutes
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Donald Sutherland (President Snow), Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne)