Gory but overall a good movie
The Hunger Games.Everyone has heard of it.Whether a friend read it and told you the story or you read it,most people can agree on one thing:it's gruesome and emotional.I myself have read the books and this is definitely a Dystopia. The first hunger games movie did not really have any great messages I could find.They value bravery,and strength,but they also value being ruthless,and a bit of a primal instinct a will to live.This might be a good message to you but I certainly don't think eight year old's should hear about killing to survive.I have to admit I'm being a bit of a hypocrite -I watched it when I was eight- but that is my honest feeling:12 and up.
Katniss is definitely a good role model,brave,self-less,though sometimes she's a bit irrational and acts out of instinct.She also definitely has the will to survive,as I mentioned earlier.That is not a minor message,almost all of the games are based on that.You are weak or strong.Weak die.Strong battle.Only one survives.
Violence is going to be looooooooooong. The start of the movie is Katniss hunting,though nothing other than the bird/prey's bodies are shown.The reaping shows gruesome,past games,and it might shock little kids that anyone could send 12 year old's to that.The first scene in the games shows the Cornucopia battle,I guess you could call it.That kills several tributes,including being stabbed and other gruesome fights.I won't say much more about violence to shorten this,but there are violent boils?More like swollen faces.Several characters are killed gruesomely,including an EXTREMELY EMOTIONAL SCENE where an important character is speared through the abdomen.Seriously,you will cry.The scene might shock little children,like my sister who watched it ttw years ago.Gory injuries and much,much more awaits.
There are several kisses,including a passionate one between the two main characters. Peeta admits his love for Katniss,which started in (I'm assuming as he said the very first day ever a school) first grade,which means 6 or 7. I never remember swearing or consumerism,but I can tell you Haymitch drinks like,a lot.I think there are no drugs,but Katniss is given something to force Peeta to sleep.No smoking.
All in all,if you've read the book you will be surprised,as it is much more gory and detailed,but you will not be dissapointed,it is great.If you haven't,give it a try anyways.My two BFF's love the Hunger Games and they've never read the books (I admit I have told them about it)It's really good,but children under like,ten r eleven should not watch it.I did 12 and up because of the gory scenes but you should cope at 11.Great movie,I recomend it.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking