Hunger Games age restriction reduced

2012-04-17 08:53
Johannesburg - The age restriction for the movie The Hunger Games has been reduced from age 16 to age 13, South African distributor Nu Metro said on Monday.

The age restriction was reduced at the weekend following scrutiny of the film's content by the Film and Publication Board, Nu Metro spokesperson Heather Vorster said in a statement.

"The new classification brings South Africa in line with the international classifications of the film," she said.

Nu Metro Films general manager Driki Mitchell said many fans of both the book and the film would not have been able to see it under the previous classification.

Moral Dilemmas

"It explores many moral dilemmas, but the film's conclusion is appropriate and justifiable. Despite having these complex and mature themes, the film can be understood, and appreciated, by a young teen audience and we are very pleased with the outcome."

The drama is set in the future, where every year a boy and girl from the 12 districts of what used to be North America fight to the death on live television. A woman volunteers to take her younger sister's place in one match.

The movie opened in South African at the weekend. In the United States, it has become the first movie since Avatar to top the box office for four weekends in a row, according to MTV.


  • Felix - 2012-04-17 09:07

    Well I guess there is no nudity involved. Heaven forbid a kid is subjected to a nipple while trying to watch some good decapitations.

  • PumaFred - 2012-04-17 09:30

    We live in a sick sad society where a story line like this is deemed entertaining

      Carla304 - 2012-04-17 16:46

      The fact that you would say that shows you probably don't know what it's about. The story is criticizing the side of society that finds the suffering of others entertaining and how human life and rights are given no value, using situations familiar to our past (segregation and slavery) to show that at the rate our society is going, we will probably end up in situations replicating those. It also blatantly depicts how corruption in government and those in power can destroy a nation, something that hits VERY close to home, especially in our country, whether you want to admit it or not. While I do agree that this deeper meaning may be lost on younger audiences and some of the themes are rather disturbing, I believe that it's important for them to see it so that they can realize that life isn't always fine-and-dandy like most of the crap that's spewed at them everyday (Twilight and Hannah Montana, I'm looking at you) I'm not sure whether you're ignorant to the story line or its message (perhaps you just read the nonsense the magazines are advertising about some love-triangle fandango. romance was all of 5 mins if that). But as someone who has lived in South Africa and seen how human beings can discriminate and treat each other first hand, I feel that this is a very important movie for our youth to see. It may be uncomfortable at times to watch, but the truth usually is.

  • skootzie - 2012-04-17 09:59

    I watched the trailer for this; why does "Death Race For Kids" come to mind?

      Sam - 2012-04-18 09:41

      I liked this movie better when it was called "Battle Royale"

  • Jeffrey - 2012-04-17 11:16

    "...many fans of...the film would not have been able to see it" Does this line make sense to anyone?

  • Rudolf - 2012-04-17 11:19

    It is a movie people. Fantasy, not real, entertainment. If you and/or your 13 year old do not know the difference, please climb back under the rock you came from.

      kayceechick - 2012-04-17 13:40

      It may only be a movie, and not based on actual events, but the images are pretty real, and pretty disturbing. If it were animated then maybe your comment would be fine... I didnt know what the movie was about until I watched it. Had I known and not been fooled by all the publicity, I would NEVER have watched it. Marking is a dangerous tool.

  • ryanleewarner - 2012-08-21 14:09

    This is crazy. It's a bunch of teen agers KILLING each other for for the entertainment of others. Its retarded that 13 year olds can watch it!

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