to let DS1 watch the Hunger Games?

(49 Posts)
WayHarshTai Fri 23-Aug-13 13:51:07

He's read all the books.

He's nearly 11. Not remotely wussy or likely to have nightmares.

It's a 15, IMDB says this is why.

If you've seen it can you give me your opinion? I woudln't let DD (9) watch it but she's out and DS2 is asleep so now's a good time.

I'll decide in the next ten minutes or so.

AIBU to let him?

cushtie335 Fri 23-Aug-13 13:54:53

My 12 year old has it on DVD and is a big fan. He's read all the books as well. I admit I'm very relaxed about film certification but I can't see this affecting him adversely.

BlingBang Fri 23-Aug-13 13:55:47

My son read the books when he was 10 and then watched the more. It was quite hard hitting but as he had read the books and knew what was coming I let him.

BlingBang Fri 23-Aug-13 13:56:20

Movie - not more

Bowlersarm Fri 23-Aug-13 13:56:25

I would let him.

But you'll get plenty saying you shouldn't let a 10 year old watch a 15.

guanosoup Fri 23-Aug-13 13:56:38

The Hunger games is,a 12, not a,15, My dd saw it at 11, and enjoyed it.
The scene where the games start is very stark, but my kids say you read about the deaths quite graphically in the books.
I sat with them for the first viewing, though.
It's a good film, I enjoyed it!

WayHarshTai Fri 23-Aug-13 13:56:41

Cool, that's my take on it, I've read the books too and they were way harsh.

I'll watch it with him and if it is too bloody and violent I'll switch it off.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 23-Aug-13 13:57:11

Yanbu. Age certs on films are based on the average person not the individual. You know your child better than random people setting an arbitrary age of suitability. I was 11 when I watched The Sixth Sense. It didn't leave me emotionally scarred.

If he understand the concept of Roman Gladiators then the film won't come as a terrible shock to him.

DoubleMum Fri 23-Aug-13 13:57:19

I haven't seen the DVD, I saw it at the cinema where it was a 12A - I believe the DVD is the uncut version which would have been 15 at the cinema. They cut 7 seconds out so that they could get a 12A certificate.
At the time, I watched it with DH and was glad we didn't have DS with us. However, I think he'd be OK to watch the cinema version now, and I know lots of his friends have seen it (he's 11). I don't know what these extra 7 seconds are though, presumably very violent/gory bits.
For me, just the fact that it's a 15 would mean I wouldn't let him see it but that's just me.

Fairylea Fri 23-Aug-13 13:57:26

Dd is a very sensible 10 and she loved it.

PandaG Fri 23-Aug-13 13:57:30

the page you have liked to says it is a 12A, which is what I thought it was.

I tend to stick pretty closely to the certification, but have allowed an 11 yo DD watch a 12A when she has read the books, or if we have prewatched the film and decided it was ok.

I think I'd allow your DS in those circumstances, as long as I am right amd it is a 12A - I'd not let a 10 yo watch a 15.

WayHarshTai Fri 23-Aug-13 13:57:49

It says it's a 15 on Netflix.

But IMDB says it's 12A. confused

Feel a bit better about it in that case.

Hemlet Fri 23-Aug-13 13:58:29

I think watch it with him maybe?

WayHarshTai Fri 23-Aug-13 13:58:52

Right, it's on.

Thanks everyone thanks

Bowlersarm Fri 23-Aug-13 13:59:03

Also much easier to watch on a TV screen. Less intimidating and the option to turn off, turn the sound down if it becomes too much.

Great idea to watch it with him so you're aware.

Hemlet Fri 23-Aug-13 13:59:06

Oops x post!

MyBoysAreFab Fri 23-Aug-13 14:01:57

DS, 11, watched it on DVD and loved it, and has read all the books. DH and I watched it with him and we really enjoyed it too. It does have some graphic/gory bits but DS didn't seem phased by them. (tho I was hiding behind a cushion)

wigglesrock Fri 23-Aug-13 14:04:02

I've read the book and seen the film. If he's read the book Id be happy enough to let him watch it.

Always check the BBFC. Hunger Games. It gives you a lot of information about why films have the classification they have. Really good, detailed information so you can make an informed decision. Plus, that would have told you it was a 12 grin

buss Fri 23-Aug-13 14:05:06

it's definitely a 12A - my now 12 year old saw it at the pics

Your ds will love it - it's not as gory as the book

wonderingsoul Fri 23-Aug-13 14:10:29

if hes read the books.. he'll be fine with the flim.

the books are alot worse. but so much better grin

NoComet Fri 23-Aug-13 14:12:31

I hate the concept of children killing children, but my 12&14, when she read it DDs really like it.

I refused to take DD2 to the cinema and made DD1 wait until she was 12 to watch the DVD.

Generally I'm not that fussy (DD2, went with DD1 and no adult to the last Twlight aged 11 and has seen all the HPs years ago).

However, as I say I don't like the back story for HG at all and the reviews said it was only a 12a because it toned down the books a lot.

PixieBumbles Fri 23-Aug-13 14:14:18

I've read the books and seen the film. I thought the descriptions of the violence and injuries in the books were much more graphic than the on-screen depictions.

valiumredhead Fri 23-Aug-13 14:14:54

It's a 12a not a 15 and I let my ds see the film when he was 11, he was fine especially as he's read the books and he's a pretty sensitive soul.

sapphirestar Fri 23-Aug-13 14:15:10

I have it on dvd, just got up and checked for you and it is definitely a 12.

I'd say go for it, he's read the books and knows what to expect.


DS read the book at 10 and then watched the film a few weeks before his 11th birthday... he really enjoyed it.

valiumredhead Fri 23-Aug-13 14:16:48

Sorry, it might have been a12 def not a 15 though!

Interestingly we were on holiday last week and ds watched 2 old videos that were a 15 -so tame they were ridiculous things have really changed!

KinkyDorito Fri 23-Aug-13 14:17:14

Agree the books are worse for violence.

Emsmaman Fri 23-Aug-13 14:17:49

Wow I must be a bit of a wuss! I started watching the DVD one evening with DH and had to leave the room and was haunted by it for ages afterwards. Made myself carry on watching it during daylight one day but there is some very graphic and disturbing stuff in that film (imho).

OneUp Fri 23-Aug-13 14:25:19

I would let him watch it. I've seen it in the cinema and at home and it's really not that bad. Most of the violent scenes are blurred so much you can't really see what's happening at all.

valiumredhead Fri 23-Aug-13 14:31:33

Ems,I take it you've never read 1984 or brave new world then?grin

vj32 Fri 23-Aug-13 14:32:12

The film is much less graphic than the book, and makes much less sense!

gordyslovesheep Fri 23-Aug-13 14:35:22

yep I have it in front of me - it's a 12 grin

DD's 1 and 2 have watched it - 9 and 11 - it was fine. DD1 is obsessed with the books and loved the film

valiumredhead Fri 23-Aug-13 14:37:09

Yeah the film makes no sense without reading the book first imo!

MrsMongoose Fri 23-Aug-13 14:38:30

The books were much heavier than the films! Let him watch! Jennifer's Katniss was outstanding.

Emsmaman Fri 23-Aug-13 14:40:29

valium have read both but for me reading something and having the images in my imagination are very different to seeing it realised!

PearlyWhites Fri 23-Aug-13 14:41:46

It's a 12 not a 15

Chl0e Fri 23-Aug-13 14:43:47

Well I'm not proud of this, as I should have had my eye on the ball more, but my ten year old pulled the hunger games off her uncle's book shelf and just took it home and read it. she later told me that she watched it on line, she didn't download it, but she watched the entire film in twelve parts on youtube. shock

Chl0e Fri 23-Aug-13 14:45:31

ps, she seems fine by the way and now having read the first two hunger games books, she is getting into those percy Jackson books too. She doesn't seem remotely upset by it. the film that had her goggle-eyed was Coraline, which she STILL says was scarier than the hunger games!

Chl0e maybe keep the electronics in the living room from now on. She's sounds a little too bright and a little too tech-savvy.

Chl0e Fri 23-Aug-13 14:55:29

Yeah... never occurred to me that she could watch a film in parts on you tube. they're always one step ahead of you.

ninilegsintheair Fri 23-Aug-13 15:00:04

There's very little blood and gore in the film (compared to the books at least). My 12 year old sister just said "Where's the blood?" at the opening fight at the cornucopia.

Bearing in mind that Battle Royale (which is very similar and some have claimed Hunger Games is a rip-off of this) is actually an 18 cert.

Chl0e Fri 23-Aug-13 15:02:43

useless to know about that parents guide on imdb. thanks for that. I just looked out of interest at Coraline and you would think looking at the 1s out of ten and the 3s out of ten that that is a sweet little film.

Chl0e Fri 23-Aug-13 15:03:05

Useful. I meant useful

I love the Hunger Gmes, books and film, can't wait for Catching Fire grin

I think there is also a very good message to the storyline, as long as your DC are not too squeamish I'd say it's fine, and at least at home you ahve the options of turning off/lowering volume for the more graphic scenes, although to be honest, some of the wounds seen are not much difference to those in Harry Potter!

enderwoman Fri 23-Aug-13 15:38:12

My dd is the same age and watched it last week. Is it really a 15? My son watched it at the cinema and Im pretty sure it was a 12A as he watched it at a 11th birthday party and none of his mates look 15.

WayHarshTai Fri 23-Aug-13 15:59:33

I'm not sure whether this was the uncut version, Netflix said it was a 15. Anyway, he really loved it, and so did I. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing in it.

hettienne Fri 23-Aug-13 16:02:00

The book is MUCH nastier/more graphic and violent than the films. I would think twice about a 10 or 11 year old reading the books, but if they have then the film shouldn't bother them!

Lilacroses Fri 23-Aug-13 16:06:53

We were very anti Dd watching the film and then she saw it during a sleepover at a friend's house anyway. I really like and trust this other mum so didn't make a fuss about it. We recently watched it with her on netflicks and thought it was fine (much less to worry about than some of the suggestive stuff they put in some 12 cert films). I actually thought it was excellent. A little gory but nothing ott and I am very easily shocked! Dd is nearly 11.

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