'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Was Written for Teens, But That Doesn't Mean They Should See the Movie

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The Hunger Games: Catching FireAs Jennifer Lawrence prances around New York City doing the media circuit for the second installment of The Hunger GamesCatching Fire reviews are absolutely everywhere. The general consensus? That Jennifer Lawrence carries this film. To say I'm surprised, well, that would be a lie. I mean as handsome as Liam Hemswoth is, there's no denying that the movie's Katniss Everdeen has all the right cards to steal the spotlight. Over the course of the 2-hour 26-minute film, Lawrence shows the world that it's time for a change as she takes on somewhat of a male role while looking glam, kicking butt, taking names, kissing the boys and then leaving 'em. Now that's my kind of woman.

But here's a question for you: Just because The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was written for teens and has a PG-13 rating, does that mean the movie is fit for teens? Well -- just like the rest of 'em, that's a question that can only really be answered by their parents.

There is no standard level of maturity when it comes to teens today. Ask any parent who has raised two children, and they'll guaranteed tell you that their kiddos reached different piques at different times. What's that mean? That just because a movie is rated PG-13, like Catching Fire, doesn't mean you should just allow your 13+ teen to run and see it. Look at a trailer. Spend 5 minutes checking out reviews. It doesn't take a lot of effort to make the right judgment call for your child.

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The good news? It seems that as fantasy movies are increasingly on the rise (read: Twilight, Harry Potter, and Mortal Instruments for example) children and teens tend to take them for what they're worth: entertainment and nothing more. That doesn't mean that seeing a "fake character" naked vs. a real woman naked is any different, or that faux violence doesn't have the same kind of effect. But still, at least there's that.

So should you let your teen go see Catching Fire? Reviews say things are pretty tame, that there are no fights to the death, none of that crazy jazz. It's your call, but my gut tells me that this one's OK.

Watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer, here:

Have there been movies you've prohibited your teen from seeing in the past?

 

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Freela Freela

My 11-year-old son and I are going to see it.  He saw the first movie and read all three books.  I feel like if he was mature enough to read, understand, and discuss the books, then he can watch the movie.  Plus I'm looking forward to 'mother/son' time just the two of us, since we were the only ones in the family who read the books.

wamom223 wamom223

I'm taking my neice but I'm not worried about it. I know mom's that took their four year old to the last Twilight movie and that shocked the hell out of me.  And they went to the midnight showing!!!

Daisy... DaisyJupes

If a kid can handle the books, which are way more violent and emotionally traumatizing, they can handle the movie.

nonmember avatar Jennifer S.

I'm cautious when it comes to movies like this and see them first. (My 11yo daughter wants to see it.) I disagree that if they've read it then they can see it. First of all, the screenplay is not the same as the book. Second, reading that someone killed another person and actually seeing it happen in front of you on a big screen are NOT the same thing. Especially for a tween who may envision something much more tame in her mind while reading than what is accurately shown (or often over-done) in a movie. That said, I'm guessing this one will be okay. It was a harder choice when it came to our decisions about Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc.

T.M. T.M.

I always check parental guides before allowing my teen son to watch a movie. We have read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Yes, we're going to see it tomorrow.

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