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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Some “Hunger Games” odds and ends . . .

. . . as we await the arrival of The Year’s Biggest Movie About a Teen-Slaughter Reality Show:
— In the wake of some schools planning (and some cancelling) field trips to go see “The Hunger Games,” many are wondering: “Is this movie going to be appropriate for my kid?” To which I would have to say, I don’t know, because I don’t know your kid. In general (and generalities aren’t always worth much), I’d say that it’s probably appropriate for high-school-age kids, definitely not appropriate for elementary-school-age kids, and iffy for middle schoolers. Though I know all middle schoolers have read the book (at least all the ones I know), a movie can be a more immediate, disturbing experience than reading a book, and there are certainly scenes in “The Hunger Games” that could well upset a sensitive preteen or early teen. Then again, some kids that age can certainly handle seeing the movie and discussing its themes in a mature way. (This is why the PG-13 rating isn’t particularly helpful; there isn’t some magic line all kids cross on their 13th birthday that suddenly makes them able to handle difficult content.) For those seeking more guidance than the MPAA offers, try the “Hunger Games” review at Common Sense Media, a nonprofit, nonpartisan source for parents.
— On a lighter note: Were you wondering, by chance, what Carson Kressly (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) thought of the “Hunger Games” costumes? It’s your lucky day.
— Meanwhile, a crowd of fans (mostly young women), filled three city blocks in Manhattan in hopes of catching a glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson at Barnes & Noble yesterday. Some had camped out overnight. Presumably they’ve already gotten their tickets for this weekend’s screenings; nearly 2,000, as of yesterday, were already sold out.
— Anyone else think there’s about to be a flood of cats named “Katniss”? Or perhaps there’s one already.

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