We’ve reported already on the U.S. rating for The Hunger Games (PG-13), and more recently on the editing of the British version of the film in order to obtain a 12A rating; and now, the LA Times is reporting the ratings around the world and what that means for the film:
Like those films, “The Hunger Games” has managed to avoid an R rating in the U.S. and its equivalent in many other countries, thus increasing the chances of reaching the widest audience. Given the potentially grim subject matter, that’s no small task, and the film may yet spark discussion regarding its suitability for young viewers. Following is a sample of how the film has been rated in various countries.
In the Canadian provinces of Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, the film is rated 14A, and anyone under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. In the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the Yukon and Ontario, the film is rated PG, denoting that “parental guidance is advised.”
In Norway and Denmark, the film is rated as suitable for ages 11 and older; in Germany and Finland, the film is rated for ages 12 and older. Younger audiences are permitted with adult accompaniment.
In Australia and New Zealand, the film is rated M, for mature audiences, though attendance is not restricted.
We always knew that The Hunger Games would need to walk the line between staying true to the horrors of the book while restraining itself enough to ensure that the core audience of underage fans would still be able to see the film, and it looks like Lionsgate has achieved this goal around the world!
What do you think of The Hunger Games rating in your country? Let us know in the comments!