OK, I have a question of opinion for all the moms of tweens here. My daughter is 11 and in 6th grade. ALl the middle school teachers have been reading the Hunger Games trilogy books to their reading classes throughout this whole year. My daughter has also read all 3 books, which we talked about throughout her reading them. In the middle school they have 3 'award' trips they can earn during the year, and for the next one coming up the teachers told the kids it would be a movie and bowling trip, and that the movie would be The Hunger Games. When are they going? March 23rd, the day the movie opens. I have a few concerns about this, one of which is that there has been discussion for quite awhile about the rating of this movie, mostly that people thought it would have to be R, but now turns out that it's PG13. With the trip taking place on the "opening day" of the movie, none of the teachers will even have had the chance to see it first to decide if it's appropriate. Having read the books myself, I'm wondering how they're going to portray some of the scenes in the Arena. I read an article here ( http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2012/03/05/the-hunger-games-violence-pg-13-rating/ ) about the movie rating, and the director of the movie said this:
“You don’t need to be gratuitous in order to be honest and capture the intensity of the book…Is it violent? Yes. Do we back off from what it is? No we don’t,” Gary tells EW. “But I’m not interested in violence for violence’s sake. This is a character’s story; it’s about Katniss’ journey.”
Now, I don't really know how to take that. The book was pretty graphic, so even if they show what the book describes, it will be pretty intense.
So, I guess my problem is that the teachers have already told the kids that that's the movie they'll see, but they haven't seen it yet. What do you think, am I being "one of those" parents? It's not that I'm absolutely opposed to my daughter seeing the movie, but I had hoped that I could see it before her to "check it out", so to speak, or at least have her teachers see it first!
What do you think?