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I know it's M but could an 11yr old understand it

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#1 Coffeegirl

Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:05 AM

DD is desperate to see the Hunger Games movie.  She's read all three books (as have I) and she is very mature in her thinkining.  She's reading at a year11-12level.

How graphic is the actual movie?  I've been told it shows someone snapping another's neck.  

I know what her imagination can deal with when she reads, but seeing it in'real life' can often be more distrubing.

Anyone seen it and able to give me a Mum's review???

Edited to fix title.  Sleep deprived..

Edited by Coffeegirl, 25 March 2012 - 09:47 AM.

#2 I'm Batman

Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:07 AM

Its about teenagers being forced to kill each other.

Its not really appropriate for an 11 year old.

I wouldnt let her see it at such a young age. Theres some things that should just be for when they are older.


#3 Fenrir

Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:12 AM

Having seen it I will have no problems with my 11yr old seeing it.

Its about teenagers being forced to kill each other.

Yes it is but there is very little violence shown. Whereas some scenes in the book take pages to describe etc they take seconds in the film.

#4 LynnyP

Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:55 AM

What I used to do with my son, and continue to do with my daughter, is go see the movie by myself first.  That way I could make a properly informed choice.  Sure it resulted in me sitting in movie theatres by myself watching ghastly movies like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (live action) but that way I knew pretty much for sure.

There were highlights though, I saw Speed twice in a week!

#5 mumto3princesses

Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:58 AM

I haven't seen it myself but DD1 (nearly 13yrs) saw it.

I think if she has read the books, then the movie is fine. She said similar to pp, that it went through all the scenes quite quickly. She said the worst bit was when the young girl gets stabbed.

#6 franklet

Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:00 AM

If she's read the books I dont' see an issue with her seeing it.

Spoilers below.

Violence wise, there is the scene of the boys neck being broken (shown at a distance and amidst a flurry of activity), there's a girl killed by tracker jackers that looks pretty gross, there's a few scenes of killing where they show the arm raising or throwing the knife, then the person falling, the knife covered in blood and people lying dead with their eyes open. However, they do not show the actual stabbing or anything too gory. There's the guy being eaten by the creatures but again it's not real graphic.

There is also the sad scene where Rue dies but if she's read the book she is well aware of that anyway.

There is no sex, little to no swearing and nothing else that is inappropriate in my opinion.

Think about it, in the book the violent scenes are longer, more graphic and drawn out plus can be re read or dwelled upon, in the movie, it's quick, most of it off scene and simply implied and not drawn out.

#7 Fenrir

Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:01 AM

What I used to do with my son, and continue to do with my daughter, is go see the movie by myself first.

I also do this with movies I am not sure about.

#8 jodi

Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:09 AM

It is rated M for a reason.

With my girls, the rule has always been to follow the recommended ratings - no exceptions. M is 13+, MA is 15+, R is 18+. It's a simple way to prevent all arguments... my girls don't even bother asking.

Is watching a movie really important enough to risk your child being exposed to something inappropriate? It's just a movie. (this doesn't necessarily refer to the OP - just the topic in general)

#9 Fenrir

Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:22 AM

With my girls, the rule has always been to follow the recommended ratings - no exceptions. M is 13+, MA is 15+, R is 18+. It's a simple way to prevent all arguments... my girls don't even bother asking.

Two "sh*ts" and a "****" are enough to get a movie classified as M.

#10 Expelliarmus

Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:32 AM

I watch myself first.

My kids have seen some M rated movies - the last five Harry Potters and the 11yo has seen Twilight. I don't go by ratings since the moment I was watching Get Smart which was PG and there was swearing and bare bums and I was not expecting that. Then the condom/viagra (forget which) discussion at the start of 17 Again ...

No. I don't go by ratings anymore.

#11 cesca

Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:57 AM

My children (aged 8 and 9) regularly watch M rated movies (i.e. they are obsessed with Harry Potter, etc).

But they will not be watching The Hunger Games, as they have no interest in it.

I'm going to see the movie today with a group of friends, including the 12 year old daughter of one of them.  She's read all the books and can't wait to see it.

I've read all the books and they were good, but violent.  I figure that if someone has read the books, then they will be absolutely fine with the movie (as they'll know what's about to happen, and I hear the movie isn't as gory as the book).

#12 Chill-Pill

Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:41 AM

We were considering going yesterday, I checked the imdb site and in the ratings section they have a parent guide. After reading that and speaking to a few people that have been we decided that our 12 year old wouldn't go. Our 18year old went and said it was not too gruesome but she didn't think it would be appropriate for the 12 year old. There were other kids there though around that age and every kid is different but check out the imdb site if you haven't already, it does sometimes give spoilers though.

#13 2-beautiful-boys

Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:52 AM

I think the books would be more graphic than the movie. I have read the 3 books and would be more worried about her reading those than seeing the movie.
How old is your daughter?
Even if she is reading at a year 11/12 level doesn't mean she is emotionally ready or mature enough to deal with the content of what's in a book.

ETA I've just read in the title that she is 11. I probably wouldn't have let an 11 year old read a book about children killing each other in gruesome detail. No to the movie as well.

Edited by 2-beautiful-boys, 25 March 2012 - 11:55 AM.

#14 #YKG

Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:07 PM

At 11 I would say no.
I've read the book and barely got through it with some of it.
Just because she can read at a year 11/12 level it doesn't mean she should be reading the books it targets.
With the Harry potter compariosn, the books started out at a specific target age group and grew up with the kids so by the time it got to the end the kids where of a more mature age so the content could be more mature. Hunger Games doesn't start like that so for me it's a completely different series all together.

#15 Meelamay

Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:12 PM

As previously mentioned the books are far more graphic than the movie.

I wouldn't have any compunction in taking an 11 year old to see the movie... in fact I think the movie is a very good platform to introduce discussion with a child that old about the ability of media to control society, and to try to look past what is on TV (and the news) to try and get an understanding of what is really going on, and to be able to form your own opinions about what you see and not just follow what a TV show tells you.

#16 lamarque

Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:15 PM

Saw it last night and there is no way I would let any of my kids under 15 watch it.  

It's a horrifying concept to deal with and I'm an adult.  I'd never heard of the book or the movie and to be honest (dragged along by friends to see it) I looked away in parts.

#17 Shellby

Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:55 PM

We were considering going yesterday, I checked the imdb site and in the ratings section they have a parent guide. After reading that and speaking to a few people that have been we decided that our 12 year old wouldn't go.

I did the same, checked out the parenting guide (as like someone said with ratings you just have to say 2 swear words and its rated M) and when I read what is in some scenes I straight away was no the boys are not going to that - I will just go during the day next week and see it.

I think the youngest I would let see it is the rated 15 like it is. Like a PP, just because they can read that level doesn't mean they should, and same with mature level, I don't think its a movie for 11 yo. In saying that we had a bunch of 8yo over for a sleepover last night and I had one asking to watch Batman The Dark Knight as he watches it at home (even told me the scenes he likes so has seen it and his father invites my boys to movies with them and I have to ask which movie as he lets his son watch anything) and I was shocked, no way my boys are watching that batman movie for a few more years yet.

#18 Milly Molly Mandy

Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:25 PM

Haven't seen the movie so can't comment, but I'm more concerned with the fact that 11 year olds are reading the books. Just because they can read at a an advanced level doesn't mean they should.

I'm a children's librarian and we get this all the time, With children (and their parents) wanting to read well beyond their maturity. Books are often so much more graphic in description of things, violence, sex, drugs, emotions and ideas.

My recommendation is similar to some here with watching the movie, read the book first, and for an 11 year old with HG I would definitely say this.

#19 Expelliarmus

Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:40 PM

My 11yo has read The Hunger Games. As with movies, I read it first. Because she has read the book I have no problem taking her to the movie - once I have seen it. That doesn't mean I think everyone's 11yo should see it, my 10yo shouldn't. But because my 11yo is who she is I'm fine with it and so will she be. But she won't be reading or watching Breaking Dawn any time soon for example. She's still revolting against listening to anything about sex, so the themes there won't be for her. The themes in Hunger Games she is ready for. You can't rely on blanket rules and ideas. Children are individuals and books and movies will suit some earlier than others. Think about your individual child when you decide on individual movies and books.

#20 **Tiger*Filly**

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:11 PM

My 12 1/2 year old daughter saw it last night with several similar aged friends. I just asked her if I would have thought it was suitable for her, and she hesitated and then said a cautious yes. Hmmm.  She then said she wouldn't let an 11 year old see it.
Haven't seen the movie so can't comment, but I'm more concerned with the fact that 11 year olds are reading the books. Just because they can read at a an advanced level doesn't mean they should.
By the time kids are 11 a lot of parents don't really have control over what they are reading. My daughter was able to borrow anything in the middle school library at that age (middle school goes up to year 9 and includes kids as old as 16 so has plenty of books that could be thought unsuitable for an 11 year old). She was capable of reading an entire book over a couple of lunch times, so if she wanted to she could borrow something and just read it at school without me even knowing. Which is not to say that she did, but once they can read that fast and have the run of the school library it's pretty useless trying to censor what they read. I did once return a book she borrowed to school with a note that the sex in it was not suitable for a grade 6, but really all you can do at that age is talk to them about self-censoring if they are reading something they think is too disturbing.

#21 ~A Poetic Winter~

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:21 PM

I think it looks a crap film anyway...

I'm sure kids hear and see worse in real life than a movie anyway. I saw Silence of the Lambs when I was 11...now that was horrifying

#22 judy_

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:29 PM

I wouldn't have let my 11 year old read the book or watch the movie.

I had an adult reading age in primary school too.....but no way on earth would the concepts and themes in the Hunger Games be appropriate for an 11 year old.

#23 Velociraptor

Posted 25 March 2012 - 02:58 PM

I didn't find the movie gory but it's definitely psychologically intense. I think an 11 year old is too young to read the books especially the latter two books. There's a lot of torture in the third book. I certainly grew up a hell of a lot between 12-14 and I'd definitely say that age group is more appropriate, at least from my perspective.

It can't be compared Harry Potter. The violence and death, even in the final Harry Potter book, is on a very different level. Harry Potter is mostly whimsy and beautiful fantasy with some sad or violent parts. The Hunger Games series is one or two steps down from A Clockwork Orange. It's aimed at teens. I'd send teens to see it.

I think it's a wonderful movie. There are a lot of comparisons to Twilight flying around, and I think these are more relevant because not only can Jennifer Lawrence act, Katniss is an infinitely better, less insipid and less vile heroine. She's actually a role model I'd want for a teenager daughter.

ETA and for anyone who found the movie intense, the books are more intense.

Edited by Serendipaceratops, 25 March 2012 - 03:00 PM.

#24 franklet

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:00 PM

There were scenes in the movie that when I thought to hard about it it made me feel a bit off.
But that's kind of the whole point. For a mature child I think it really opens up a great discussion on not blindly believing what the media and government tells us.

I read a lot of dystopian fiction and always have. I think the themes explored in the genre really teach us great lessons. When I think back to what I read at about age 10 and above I realise none of it 'disturbed' me (with the exception of the one John Saul book I snuck from the library!) and much of it taught me some great lessons and helped form the way I think.

The movie does not glorify violence in the way that many of the superhero movies do. It shows violence for what it is, pointless and sad. I would prefer my kids to see a film such as this than any batman or spiderman film (and these are sneakily marketed at kids despite the ratings all the time)

#25 Oriental lily

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:08 PM

I currently have the book downloaded on my e reader and have yet to start it because it sounds so grim. I need to be in the right head space to want to tackle such a dark theme.

No way on earth will I let a 11 year old read a book with such a dark plot.

So nope for the book or the movie. No matter what their reading level is.

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