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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 | 2014 | PG-13 | - 2.6.1

After the shocking outcome of the Quarter Quell, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in a place she doesn't recognize and is tasked to spread propaganda that will incite the districts into a rebellion against the Capitol. Her choices and decisions can wreak havoc on the ones she loves and she cannot be sure who the real enemy is. Also with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Francis Lawrence. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A young woman and a man hug. A young woman screams and wakes up from a nightmare and when a young man comes into the room to check on her she asks him to stay; he climbs into the bed with her and holds her (no sex implied). A young woman rests her head on a man's shoulder. A man stands in a kitchen and says to a young woman, "This is where you kissed me," and she says, "I thought you forgot that," and he replies, "I'd have to be dead to forget that" and she kisses him.
 A man on a video announcement says that another man used to sell him, "My body at least," and says, "You refuse, he kills someone you love." A woman asks a young woman about, "The baby," and the young woman says, "I lost it."
 A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. A woman's dress is low-cut in the back and reveals bare back to just below the shoulder blades.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Many men march toward a logging area while flanked by armed guards: when there is a distraction, the guards open fire on the men who run and move up tall trees to safety, a huge explosion spreads through the woods below and many of the guards are mowed down immediately (we see them fall and being thrown with no blood visible). People with bags over their heads and their hands tied behind their backs are on a stage in front of crowds in a few districts; armed guards approach the captives and shoot them in the head (we see the victims fall dead, and no blood is evident).
 Armed aircraft fly over a hospital full of wounded people: the aircraft are fired upon from the ground and they open fire on the people on the ground as a brick smokestack topples onto the building where they are hiding (two people are shown running to safety); we see a body fall after a flurry of gunfire (no blood is shown). Large numbers of people yell and protest in districts and they are surrounded and attacked by guards with guns; some people are shown being gunned down, others are thrown from explosions (no blood is evident). Many people march toward armed guards at a dam; the guards open fire and we see many of the people being struck and falling dead (no blood is evident). We see a ball of flames in the distance and a young woman realizes that it is coming from a hospital where many wounded people are hiding; she panics and runs toward the destruction.
 A young man is shown in a medical area and we see him with blackened eyes and a scratched face: he attacks a young woman and throws her into a glass cabinet, the glass shatters and he shoves her to the floor and holds her throat (she gasps); she gets up and the young man slams her to the floor again and holds her throat until a man slams the young man on the back of the head (we see the young woman in a hospital bed and wearing a neck brace). A young woman runs up stairs in an underground district and finds her younger sister and a man as they are running down the stairs; blast doors begin to close as the three just manage to get through safely. Armed men fly into a darkened city and lower themselves into a building where they throw smoke bombs (we see a couple of guards lying motionless on the floors).
 An aircraft is shot out of the sky by an explosive arrow and it crashes into another aircraft (we see them in flames as they crash to the ground). A young woman walks through the rubble and destruction of her home district and steps on a human skull (it crunches under her foot and she becomes upset); she continues walking and finds a large pile of human remains as a wild dog roots through it and she falls to her knees. We see dead and bloody bodies lining a hallway leading to a makeshift hospital where we see many more bloody and wounded people.
 An air raid alarm sounds and many people living underground proceed down many flights of stairs to lower levels before blast doors are closed; we hear bombs hit the surface and dust and rubble falls (no injuries are seen), sprinkler systems spray water and a young woman falls on the stairs and is unable to get up because of the throngs of people moving around her (she is fine eventually). Explosions rip holes in a dam and water flows through the openings knocking out power in a nearby city.
 Armed guards shove men and women into a square where they are forced to watch a video presentation by their president. A young woman rocks back and forth while repeating words as she tries to calm herself from bad dreams; guards approach and grab her arms to take her back to a medical area where we see her in a hospital bed. We see two women being treated in a clinic area and one pulls IV lines out of her own arm (no blood is seen). We hear that a young man was tortured and beaten and brainwashed using fear and a hallucinogenic venom. A young man is shown strapped to a bed in a medical observation room and he thrashes violently and screams (we do not hear the screams but see his mouth wide open).
 A young woman screams and wakes up from a nightmare. A young woman yells at a woman and makes demands and threats. People watching a video broadcast yell at the young man on the screen and call him a traitor. A man orders the bombing of a hospital where many wounded people are gathered. We hear that a young man was tortured and beaten and brainwashed using fear and a hallucinogenic venom. A man sobs and says, "They have Annie too," then, "I wish she was dead. I wish they were all dead and we were too." A man says, "Never let them see you bleed." A young man pleads, "Killing is not the answer." A woman asks a young woman what happens if she is killed. A woman introduces a man and says, "They cut his tongue out years ago." A woman talks about there being a mass grave nearby but that they have been unable to move bodies there. A man talks about what happened to his district and that he lead 915 out of 10,000 people out safely while the rest were firebombed. A young woman sings a song that includes lyrics like, "They strung a man up, " and "Meet me at the hanging tree." A young woman says, "He's going to kill... " A man talks about another man using poison to kill people and that he would drink from the same cup to prove that it was safe; he goes on to explain that the man was left with bloody sores in his mouth that never heal and that he carries roses to cut the stench of the bloody flesh in his mouth. A man talks about another man ruling with deception and fear. A man tells a young woman, "The things we love most destroy us." A man talks about the surface being turned to rubble and that a group of people have been preparing for war ever since. We hear about riots and uprisings in districts.
 A woman with a bow and arrow takes aim at a deer in a wooded area; the deer looks at her but does not react and she lowers her weapon. A young woman and a man walk through a large storage area filled with weapons and munitions. A man shaves another man's face and nicks his cheek (we see a drop of blood).


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild scatological term (horse manure), name-calling (radicals, criminals, cave dwellers, traitor, poor thing, little duck, political refugee, stupid cat, coward, snake).


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SUBSTANCE USE - We hear that a young man was tortured and beaten and brainwashed using a hallucinogenic venom, and a man talks to a young woman and asks her if they gave her any medication. A young woman tells a man that she doesn't recognize him sober, and a woman says that a man is drying out (in rehab).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Courage, love, bravery, totalitarian regimes, class distinctions, social stratification, atrocities, propaganda, war, order, security, secrets, cruelty, depravity, strategy, trust, fear, brain washing, honesty, chaos, making deals, democracy, prohibition, glory, slavery, treason.

MESSAGE - You must always remember who the enemy is.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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