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Running Time 142 min
MPAA rating PG-13
Release Date Mar 23, 2012
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The Hunger Games

In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.

Jennifer Lawrence Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson Haymitch Abernathy
Elizabeth Banks Effie Trinket
Lenny Kravitz Cinna
Stanley Tucci Caesar Flickerman
Donald Sutherland President Snow
Wes Bentley Seneca Crane
Toby Jones Claudius Templesmith

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Mar 22, 2012 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Joe Gross

First, if you loved the book, you will probably love the movie.

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(no rating) Mar 25, 2012 - auburn88 on The Hunger Games
Hunger Games - Close to book

To voice a pro-movie opinion, I took 5 boys (ages 12-14) to see the show last night. If you are going to the movie looking for a Twilight comparison, then don't go. The movie is closely related to the book (which I read prior to my children reading) and had the audience clapping at the very end. The college student and her mother sitting next to me hadn't even read the book and I kept hearing them say, "I need to go read the book now." Yes, the rating should most likely be higher but if you read the story line, you already know what's its about prior to viewing the movie. I loved it. Will see the movie again. If they create a trilogy of the movie, i will take my boys to see that as well.

Mar 24, 2012 - jeteye on The Hunger Games
Wow...this is just stupid

OK, maybe it is an age thing, but bad is bad...Hunger Games is NOT Harry Potter (which I loved), it is some stupid premise with even worse entertainment value....skip the theater and maybe watch it on DVD..if you have the "stomach" for it!

Mar 23, 2012 - c5fam on The Hunger Games
Now That's Entertainment!???

I just left a midnight showing where hundreds of teens packed into multiple theaters to watch the movie version of the now popular book they were assigned to read in junior high English. The anticipation was tangible as they waited to see how faithful the book was going to be to the movie, and if Katniss and Peeta were all they had imagined them to be.

What they saw was hard core dehumanization. The fact that we find teens killing each other in big-screen gladiatorial combat entertaining marks a new societal low. This is more than a movie, it is a desensitizing and trivializing of life and death as a form of twisted broadcast amusement. Best summarized from a line in the film, "just think of them as the other animals you hunt". Our kids deserve better role models and higher quality food for thought.

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