'Hunger Games': Too Violent For A PG-13 Rating? — New Interview

Mon, March 5, 2012 9:09am EDT by 8 Comments

‘Hunger Games’ may have a young cast and audience, but will all of the blood splatter be too much for a PG-13 rating? Producer Nina Jacobson and director Gary Ross weigh in.

If you haven’t read the books yet, we can assure you that you’re bound to see more bleeding hearts — literally — than broken ones in this much-anticipated film.

Hunger Games isn’t just about the love triangle between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) — it’s about a post-apocalyptic society that forces each of its districts to surrender two teens to fight to their death in a televised game.

Film producer Nina Jacobson tells Entertainment Weekly that they were worried from the start about how they were going to portray the book’s violence on the big screen.

“When I first read the book…of course I asked myself ‘How can you do it? How could you possibly do it?’ Nina says.

But director Gary Ross says fans of the book won’t be disappointed with its transformation.

“You don’t need to be gratuitous in order to be honest and capture the intensity of the book…Is it violent? Yes. Do we back off from what it is? No we don’t,” Gary tells EW. “But I’m not interested in violence for violence’s sake. This is a character’s story; it’s about Katniss’ journey.”

We sure hope the movie doesn’t stray away from all the blood and gore that happens in the book, but we are concerned if it will be appropriate for a PG-13 rating.

What do you think HollywoodLifers? Vote and weigh in below.

– Nicole Karlis

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liv4thg

Posted at 10:32 PM on April 18, 2013  

Ummm…. are you 5? Go watch Telletubies! Of course THE HUNGER GAMES isn’t that violent! Compared to whats on the news these days-shootings,kidknapping, bombings- this is harmless and it is the only book that I have actually been interested in! Its gladiator games but i dntsee people critcizizin the ancient rome games. GET OVER IT!

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Posted at 10:26 PM on April 18, 2013  

I meant firm reason, not frim.

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Posted at 10:24 PM on April 18, 2013  

It is one of the few that have violence for a frim reason. It’s realistic and its our world
THE HUNGER GAMES IS AMAZING!!!!!!!
IT has so many parts in it-romance,action,government,and survival.
KATNISS IS ONE OF THE FEW CHARACTERS who could be a human. She isnt perfect. She isnt magic. And that,I think is perfect.
I am a absolute FANATIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If its too violent for you then your the wimpiest wimp of the wimps

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Posted at 12:46 PM on May 20, 2012  

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elinore trompeter

Posted at 9:08 PM on March 22, 2012  

I think that the hunger games is the worst book I’ve ever read. If only Katniss was a prostitude!! I’m such a hoe and I’m in love with LIAM LANIGAN!! He makes me tingle!

-ebk

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Hanna

Posted at 2:24 PM on March 6, 2012  

If it was rated R, a lot of the fan base wouldn’t even be able to watch it! I think people know what they’re going to see and how violent it is initially going into the movie. So it’s not like they’ll be taken by surprise — they know and they want to see it.

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AnnieK

Posted at 12:10 AM on March 6, 2012  

Nahh! If it wasn’t PG-13 I wouldn’t be able to watch it in theaters with my friends and stuff(: soo, im good with the rating(: CANT WAIT!!(:

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helllokitty2142

Posted at 6:35 PM on March 5, 2012  

it will be sad to see all the kids die…mostly rue

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