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Family Watch: ‘Mockingjay’ intense and dark

Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen.
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen.

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material

What it’s about: Two young revolutionary lovers become pawns in a power game between an oppressive regime and those resisting it.

The kid attractor factor: Katniss pines for Peeta, while her backup beau Gale lingers, waiting for his chance.

Good lessons/bad lessons: “It is the things we love most that destroy us.”

Violence: Yes, nothing bloody, but “intense” is the right word for it.

Language: Cursing has been abandoned in favor of fashion and fascism in the future.

Sex: Not even close.

Drugs: Alcohol and medication are joked about.

Parents’ advisory: A relentlessly dark and brooding episode in this series – not for anybody under 10, or anyone who has not seen the earlier films.


Rating: R for language including some crude references, and violent content

What it’s about: A reporter returns to his Iranian homeland only to be arrested and tortured by the government there.

The kid attractor factor: Gael Garcia Bernal plays the reporter, and Jon “The Daily Show” Stewart directed this.

Good lessons/bad lessons: There are a lot of ways of torturing people, and the most harmful might be isolating them from human contact.

Violence: Beatings, shootings.

Language: “Crude references.”

Sex: None.

Drugs: None.

Parents’ advisory: Too adult in nature for the very young, too hard to follow for pre-teens, suitable for 13-and-up.