Totalitarian government; corruption, poverty and oppression; fighting to the death;
- A brief image of a teenage boy bashing the head of anotherboy with a house brick. The dead body of the boy lies on the ground with the second boy standing over him holding a very bloodybrick in his hand.
- A flashback image of a mother yelling at her son and slapping him across the face.
- As the Hunger Games start 24 teenagers, ranging in age from 12 to 16, run for a collection of supplies and weapons.We see quick images of stabbing, hacking and slashing with large knives, with blood dripping and spraying. By the end of the scene 12 competitors are dead, lying on the ground with their bodies and clothing splattered with blood and their eyes open.
- An older boy brutally kills a youngerboy by using his hands to twist the boy’s head around, snapping his neck.
- A boy throws a spear into a young teen girl’s chest.She grabs the spear and pulls it from her chest leaving a bloody wound. Katniss holds the young girl her in her arms as she dies with her eyes open. After the girl dies Katniss has an emotional breakdown crying in anguish.
- A riot scene involves people smashing windows and setting fire to buildings with riot police using batons and water cannons to repel the rioters.
- A teenage girl slashes at Katniss’s head with a hunting knife,causing a bloody wound. The two girls wrestle each other to the ground with Katniss’s attacker head-butting her and then holding a knife across her throat.
- A boy pulls the girl off Katnissand brutally slams the girl’s head several times into a wall, killing her.
- A boy attacks Peeta with a sword while on top of a shelter then attaempts to strangle Peeta. The boy then threatens to jump off of the roof of the shelter into a pack of savage animals waiting below taking Peeta with him. Katniss shoots the teen in the hand with an arrow causing the boy to fall from the roof and we hear the sounds of the animals below savaging the boy.
- In a couple of scenes teens refer to Peeta as “lover boy”. Katniss and Peeta are referred to as “star crossed lovers”.
- We hear Hunger Games promoters discussing the promotion of ‘young love’, referring to Katniss and Peeta, in an attempt to please the crowds.
- After seeing Katniss kissing Peeta on the cheek, a man asks, “You call that a kiss?”
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
- In several scenes we see the character Haymitch Abernathy drinking alcohol and acting in a mildly intoxicated manner. When asked why he came to one event Haymitch says it was because of the free drink.
- Several dinner party and celebration scenes depict adults and teens drinking brightly coloured drinks.
Nudity and sexual activity
- We see a teen girl and boy lying on a table being washed by a hand held shower.
- In a couple of scenes we see Katniss kissing Peeta passionately.
- Katniss falls asleep while lying against Peeta with her head resting on his chest.
None of concern
- "Oh my god”, “Stupid”, “Little punk”, “What the hell?”, “Damn life”.
Ideas to discuss with your children
- Oppressed peoples by who are given hope, or a cause to believe in, will find the strength and determination to rise up and rebel against their oppressors even if it means sacrificing their own lives.
- People should hold on to their humanity regardless of the costs.
- Self sacrifice: both Katniss and Peeta put their own lives on the line a number of times to save others.
- Family love: Katniss is depicted as having taken risks as well as putting her personal happiness aside is order to care and provide for her family (mother and younger sister).