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The kids have read the books — plenty of adults have, too.
Now comes “The Hunger Games” — the film. Ty Burr, film critic of the Boston Globe, has seen the film and says leave kids under 9 at home. It’s a PG-13 movie, and they have toned down the violence, but the theme is still disturbing, he says.
Burr gave the movie three out of four stars and said people will feel they got their money worth, but there’s a “but.”
Like the book, “The Hunger Games’’ doesn’t end so much as open the door to the next installment; it’s frustrating, but you’ll probably feel you’ve gotten your money’s worth. Somewhere in here, though, is a bigger, more resonant movie that could have brushed against the story’s allegorical anxieties: how the grown-up world pits youth against itself; how the entertainment industry pushes violence and death for profit; how the world beyond high school can be a killing field – pick your paranoia.
What we’ve been given instead is a very reasonable facsimile aimed at upsetting the fewest people while making the biggest amount of money.