March 23, 2012, - 6:33 pm

“The Hunger Games”: Long, Boring, Unoriginal, Feminist Snuff Film Marketed to Kids

By Debbie Schlussel

In seven years as a movie critic, I’ve learned a few undeniable truths of the box office.  One of them is:  don’t believe the hype.  You’ll always get burned.  Another:  there is little originality.  Everything is either derivative or flat-out ripped off from something else.  And so it goes with “The Hunger Games,” the much overhyped, overrated, and totally ripped-off movie that debuts in theaters, today.  Sadly, this disgustingly violent and mostly soulless and unentertaining movie is marketed to kids, as the natural evolution from popular “Young Adult” lit.  And it logs in at a slow-paced, sluggish two-and-a-half hours of undue self-importance.

In 2007, I reviewed “The Condemned,” a WWE-produced movie about 10 killers dropped on an island for a live reality-show game.  The object was to be the one remaining survivor and would be rewarded with freedom and fame.  Only one could live and the rest would have to die, mostly from being targeted by the others for death.  I panned this sick “killing porn” movie, as did most critics.  But, now, the same critics are gushing over a rehash of virtually the exact same plot in the long, slow, and extremely boring, “The Hunger Games.”  The only difference is that, in “The Condemned,” the master of the game is a billionaire TV producer.  In “The Hunger Games,” the master of the game is the President of a new fictional country, residing with his fellow elitist rich people in the “Capitol.”  Both are typical lefty Hollywood constructs of capitalist creeps, who have no regard for human life, creating televised reality shows involving torture and death of “the little people” a/k/a “the 99 percent.”

It’s amazing how typically left-wing movie critics will gush over something as “high brow” when it is dressed up with Donald Sutherland (the President), Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Banks, and young up-and-coming stars and wrapped in the phony label of “social commentary,” when it’s really just a repeat of the WWE product starring Stone Cold Steve Austin.  (A reader of this site, “Ghostwriter,” notes that the storyline of “The Hunger Games” also sounds like a rip-off of “Battle Royale,” a Japanese movie about a bunch of teenagers that were taken to an island and forced to kill each other under the “Battle Royale Act.”  You have to wonder if “Hunger Games” author Suzanne Collins saw either of these movies.  I wouldn’t bet against that, as plagiarism is rewarded in America, and she’s rolling in cash from these books and now as executive producer of the movie.)  I understand that the movie follows the first “Hunger Games” book very closely.

The thing is, “The Condemned” was rated “R” and meant only for adults.  “The Hunger Games” is marketed to young teens with a PG-13 rating.  But it is just as violent.  That it isn’t an “R” movie is appalling.  It deserves it . . . unless you think a close-up scene of one boy smashing another boy to death, with repeated bloody hits of a rock to his head, is good for kids.  Sadly, so many “parents” in America are sperm and womb/egg donors who just want to be friends with their kids.  And they will send their kids to see this, even take them there.  Anyone who allows their kids–even teens–to see a snuff film, as this definitely is, should be tried for child abuse.  At the very least, they are pimping out their kids to Hollywood violence and killing porn.

And part of the violence in this crappy flick is of the phony feminist variety–that women can kick butt and beat men much bigger than them.  It’s not believable.  Sadly, the movie has already made millions in advanced ticket sales and Thursday Night Midnight showings, which will falsely lead Hollywood to believe that America wants to buy into the BS that a slim, athletic girl can beat muscular guys twice her size and outlast them in the wilderness while they are trying to kill her.  Sorry, but America doesn’t want that kind of fantasy, no matter how much feminists wish to make it so.  In this movie, the male love interest to Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the movie, is a crybaby, very weak, and an effeminate wimp with frosted hair, whose life is saved several times by the more masculine chick.  Several women’s studies professors have been quoted in articles hyping this chick-kicks-butt movie.  That ain’t real life, hags.

The story is more anti-capitalist left-wing bull-crap.  It is a dystopian future and what used to be America is now called Panem.  It’s divided into twelve districts of different types of working-class poor: farmers, coal miners, electrical workers, etc.  They are not allowed to hunt for food, and, instead, the kids, aged twelve and up, must put an extra ticket with their name into a lottery, each time they want more food.  Once a year, two names are drawn from each district:  a male and a female, who must fight to the death–killing each other to survive and win–in a televised reality show in the Capital, a place filled with very rich, gaudy people in bright, clown-like clothing, make-up, and hairstyles.  It’s sort of a modern day man-versus-man in the coliseum minus the culture and history, in this case mixed with a little bit of the most unreal Gloria Steinem/Betty Friedan feminist BS fantasy imaginable.  The weak, nonsensical story is that because there was a violent revolution and war, the Hunger Games, as the contest is called, are held to remind the different districts of the cost of war and revolution.

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is an expert bow-hunter from District 12 (the coal miner district).  She illegally hunts animals to sell and to feed her family, which consists of her inept, mentally weak mother and her sister, who has just turned 12.  When the annual drawing of names for the Hunger Games occurs, Katniss’ young sister is chosen, and Katniss volunteers to take her place.  She and a guy from District 12 (Josh Hutcherson) are the chosen two and make their way to the Capital, where the residents snobbishly examine them and watch the Hunger Games.

As I said, Katniss outlasts all the others, and it’s just not believable.  And it’s neither exciting or interesting.  Just warmed over.  I didn’t like the killing porn the first time when I saw it as the WWE’s “The Condemned.”

I like it even less as the regurgitated, feminist version aimed at “young adults.”

But America is made up of a bunch of suckers and sheep, so many of them racing to see this movie, having bought online tickets months ago.  They eagerly ingest and digest the swill served up to them, without thought or hesitation.  The other night, actress Kristen Bell uttered the most airheaded and sad comment of all about the books from which the movie was made:

This is the piece of literature that in a hundred years we’ll look back on and it will be the best thing we’ve ever written.

Spoken like a true moron.  But, then, as the popularity of this movie and the books behind it proves, we are a nation of morons.


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134 Responses

The whole point of the book/movie is to show how wrong it is for people to enjoy violence like that, the idea is that if humanity continues down the path of violence it will end in disaster. If you had paid any attention to the film instead of talking down on a gender and generation of children maybe you would have noticed the fact that she never fights a larger person by herself, she always has help of some sort, or she shoots them from a distance. This is a movie and a book, both of these mediums of entertainment are used for a purpose, even if they are fictitious .

AreYouKidding? on March 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Debbie, I have a question. A while back you disliked a movie so much, that you gave 4 Marxes, 3 Osamas, and an Obama. Was this movie worse than that?

Brian on March 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm

This movie and the book it was based on are crap. I’ve already seen Battle Royale. Why waste my time with this ripoff. Wake up people. Illiterate fools, the lot of you.

Mike on March 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I was dragged to “The Hunger Games.” What a piece of junk!

Bo Biggsley on March 27, 2012 at 4:37 am

    I was also dragged to the movie from some friends. I was highly disappointed. I want my 2 1/2 hours of my life back!.

    Adam on March 27, 2012 at 6:07 am

Totally agree with the review. Disgustingly violent movie marketed for kids and pre-teens. More violent than Red Dawn, Lord of the Flies, and The Lottery, and Goonies combined. The PG-13 rating is a sick joke. This is a seriously messed up movie, as were the books… and it’s proof positive that we are living in a soul-less, irresponsible, scathing society that mainly cares about the bottom line and where the next dollar is coming from, and being entertained. There is NO LESSON OF VALUE in this film whatsoever. Humanity… what humanity? Children killing children for sport is not entertainment, sadly, it’s something I can see happening in the not so distant future.

Truth on March 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

Kristen Bell called Hunger Games a piece of literature??!! She is a flipping moron. It seems to me Hunger Games is nothing more than another attempt at a Twilight franchise – money making machine and Americans lap it up like drugs. Can you imagine paying $11.50 to watch Kristin Stewart’s morose face and glum attitude for an entire 2 hours … please – you couldn’t make me!

MRobs on March 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

Debbie, I am a big fan of your website and enjoy your reviews and intelligent commentary immensely. However, let’s tone down your hyperbole on this movie as total junk. Yes as a REAL MOM and not just the womb donor, I have taught my son the real value of being an avid reader. So of course, he has read the Hunger Games (all of them) and I have read all but the final book of this trilogy. Anyway, yes it is derivative, and not highbrow, it is from a YA (Young Adult genre) of fiction. There is nothing capitalist about the evil Donald Sutherland/President Snow. He is a Commie DICTATOR a la Stalin and Mao. THIS is what we must teach our children. The COMMIES are violent and the children in this fantasy live under a dangerous and oppressive ruler. There is a strict class system that if you aren’t lucky to be enslaved as comfortable citizen from the Capital, then you starve and live under the boot in an outlying district. There is no open capital markets to have goods and services available to everybody and a moral society. The story is also derivative of Brave New World and other dystopian novels. Maybe it’s not the best movie, but this is an opportunity to talk about the voyeurism inherent in our current society, the violence the ever dangerous and growing government, reading more worthwhile books on this subject, etc. THAT I AND OTHER FAMILIES SHOULD BE DOING. Thanks, Debbie for all you do!

U: That’s not how Marxist author and exec producer Suzanne Collins sees it. She says it’s Occupy Wall Street and global warming stuff. And I believe her. Also, teaching a kid the value of reading is one thing. Teaching them to read only to ingest pop culture crap, like the Hunger Games trilogy, is entirely another. When my parents wanted me to appreciate the value of reading, they had me read great authors and classic literature, of which there is plenty. This ain’t it. Not even close. On the contrary, it’s of very negative value and teaches kids the worst. Sorry. DS

USA first on March 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks, Debbie for your feedback. Look, I see how you’re trying to tell me how I missed the mark. I know S.Collins thinks she’s portraying Occupy Wall Street in a positive light, but the real OWS behavior shows differently. We’ve seen the headlines of violence, crime, filth and drug use and my family has discussed it. My son is still young and has read many worthwhile children’s lit (Newberry Award, Alice in Wonderland, original Grimm, etc) and is growing older to read many more mature greats. Anyway, if the author’s that way, so be it, I’m just saying the REALITY is quite the opposite, the propoganda, the use of media, etc. We’ve all got to be critical thinkers and this movie to teach children to be thankful for family and friends and see how dangerous a world can be with TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT. Read our constitution, see how great our country SHOULD Be if we followed the constitution, etc. The Hunger Games is just a little primer to give kids the conversation.

    USA first on March 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Maybe the best way to close this thread is this:

Had this been released in the 80s, it would be called “child porn”.

Just saying. The End.

The Reverend Jacques on March 28, 2012 at 1:56 am

I agree 100% with Debbie. I saw the movie because I wanted to escape from reality.

CruXsader on March 28, 2012 at 7:10 am

A raw review worthy of praise.

Hamsterstyle on March 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

Well I couldn’t agree more with your text even though I haven’t seen the movie. I have seen the trailer though many times and based on that, some sucky femimist teen flick with mediocre budget and zero originality. And I mean ZERO. Battle royale came first into my mind, and there is no any reasonable reason why would some kids need to go some forest to kill each other in some sort of “game”. Even if there were a male lead I wouldn’t go to see it but the fact that there is this typical feminists wet dream setup with male vs. female and female “winning” makes me even more reluctant to see it. Heck, I’m not even downloading it for free. If the feminists want’s to fight with us men then go ahead. You can come and ring my doorbell any time and let’s see who’s who bare hands. It’s really insulting and disrespectful that feminists think they can beat men in a fight. But go ahead and put men and women in the same league in sports and let’s see how the reality meets fantasy.

Just_one_man on March 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

You are much harsher on HG than I was perhaps it’s because the week before I snored through John Carter. If you’re in for derivative, unoriginal crap JC is hard to beat. The Hunger Games is no 2001 but as bit of Sci-Fi it has some endearing features. Physically plausibility being foremost. This world is possible while Harry Potter fantasies, Lords of the Rings, Avatar (or blue Pocahantas) and every bloody Star Trek film ever made are not. The laws of physic are respected in HG and that counts for something.

John Baker on March 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm

This movie makes me wonder how far away we are from human scapegoating and-or the return of outright human sacrifice? With the waning influence of Christianity on the world view of society we may not be as far away as we think we are from this movie becoming a reality.

Don Watkins on March 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Can I give you a hug? :3
I’ve been telling fellow Christians this same thing. They’re all duped. You just said word for word what I’ve lost friends over. This culture is in a mud pit.
So thank you.

Lan on March 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Let’s not get crazy here. Saw the movie and I thought it was not horrible. This movie is no where as bad as you portray it to be and I am an avid fan of you Deb. Your feminist angle is a stretch – it’s a movie for Cris’ sake! Slam ICE, it’s a crappy organization, you rock at that!

Aldous Huxley on March 31, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Not sure why you are being so harsh. Saw the movie a few days ago and it wasn’t that bad. It was a bit slow-paced at times, but I think the point of the movie is that too much control can be a bad thing. It shows the corruption of our world to the point that children are pitted against children for the entertainment of the higher classes… and for the record, its not ENTIRELY unbelievable. I spar with my boyfriend all of the time and I have kicked his ass multiple times… I am 4’9 and 134 lbs. He is 6 foot and over 200. Size doesn’t matter too much if the smaller opponent has more skill… Not saying all women are powerhouses… just saying, its not impossible.

Kiky on April 2, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Either you are outright lying or he is playing with you. Your entire comment is a joke!

    Really? on April 3, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Kinky.. you are living in a dreamworld.. one where you were born with a penis and testicles instead of a vagina and ovaries. You made me laugh however. You obviously think feminism is real. Guess what sweetie, this is reality.. feminism is a hoax. Women would be slaughtered in droves if there was any real revolution of men on a global scale. You do not need to be reminded of human history and reality in the majority of countries where women have no rights.. and the feminist /communist/ zionist wet dream is collapsing before it can spread.. men are becoming enraged and violence toward women is INCREASING> Bring your tiny little shit ass over here and I’ll show you how quickly a woman gets knocked out, stripped naked, head and eyebrows shaved and her little pink black pussy spread open and examined on cam and whole entertaining video for men to put their laughing comments onto put on YouTube… joker. Go on YouTube and watch the REALITY of female cops getting punched out by men not interested in playing the game. Its hilarious. Women are so out of touch. If we WANT TO RAPE, MANGLE and KILL you, you would have very little chance of survival.. especially running around in the woods. This was a stupid feminist movie and it will only result in more females getting beat up. Do you know how filthy the Jews are ? This is their porn…

    Max on June 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Oh ho ho ho, What a are! Women are not only intellectually advanced, but must have a high pain tolerance to give birth to your retard children. I’d like to say, I’m pretty small, feminine, wait, EXTREMELY feminine, but not in the least bit sexist. May I say you are an IDIOT and a COMPLETE disgrace to men. Now thats done, I also want to say I’m very petite for my age, very little, 5’0 weighing in at 100lbs and I can shoot your sick bastard ass with an arrow so quick, from so far you won’t know what knocked you on your jackass. Girls can do ANYTHING boys can. Obviously you’re extremely simple minded. May I also add I’m a fucking 8th degree black belt in American/Chinese Kenpo, I have been going to DePalmas Martial Arts for years! I can take down a man. I also know mess with me and I wont hesitate to roundhouse your balls so hard they’ll go numb and I can chop em off easier to feed them to you and slice your tiny dick off and shove up your butt with no lube. Because sabes que, I’m a bad ass little bitch and I honestly KNOW even a fictional character like.Katniss could take you down with her precision.

      Riah on July 30, 2012 at 3:26 am

I went to this movie entirely due to this review. Quite frankly, Debbie has actually lied about several plot points. The whole “hunting is not allowed” is never mentioned or explored in the story, the “overpowering men bigger than her” involves shooting him with an arrow, and so on. Quite frankly, Debbie, the only reason most normal people look at your reviews is to laugh at your horrible and nonsensical rating system and your attempt at finding flaws that, for the most part, you just make up.

I understand and encourage your free speech, but seriously, if you’re going to review something, make sure you have your facts right.

Oh wait, you work for Fox News. Facts aren’t important.

Cap'n America on April 2, 2012 at 1:10 am

I think the movie was less feminist than feminist. Yes, we got a strong(ish) female lead, but she still sold out for love and lost independence. I am told the book does not end this way.

Is Hollywood ruining a premise for profit? Perhaps.

Claire on April 5, 2012 at 3:09 am

What a mad-on you have for feminists. (It’s a real stretch to call it feminist, anyway, with it’s typical male pairing right from page one.) Me, I would find it hard to criticize a group of people who were historically responsible for my freedom to vote or earn a living, and where I can choose not to have children or get married. I really don’t want to live in a place like Afghanistan, where they hurt 12 year olds because they want to go to school or India where the same 12-13 year old little girl is expected to bear as many male children as they can. No, I respect my American ancestors. And you can go to hell, lady.

K on April 5, 2012 at 4:11 am

THG isn’t a pro-feminist story, it is a pseudo-progressive example of control from above.

Here’s the first question: THG is about 24 kids put into an arena in a fight to the death. You have to win because your entire village depends on it. Given this, how many people does Katniss kill?

The Hunger Games isn’t a hero story, it’s a fairy tale.

The Last Psychiatrist on April 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Haven’t seen the movie, so I’m not here to argue with your review, but I wanted to point out something about the book. It’s disturbing, but I took it as a cautionary tale. Even if Collins intended it as something else, I saw the dystopian future as the result of fascism. The setting never felt anti-capitalist, at least not as I imagined it. That’s the tricky (and wonderful!) thing about fiction — it’s subject to so much interpretation, that it doesn’t always make the point the author is trying to make. There’s too much government in Katniss’ world; I could easily see that future coming about as a result of socialism. Certainly, a responsible parent could present is as such. Could there be an Obama in Panem’s past? 😉

Dan on April 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

HUnger Games= The Condemned + Avatar + Pandorum + Deliverance + Obama or Democrats + kids shit. And no Vinnie Jones going mad.

Ryguy on April 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Do you even know what feminism means? It means that all people deserve the right to be treated equally and the right to freedom, regardless of gender. I don’t see how that makes somebody a “hag” as you so poetically phrased it.

So you are saying that it’s impossible for a woman to survive in the wildnerness? Wow. Then I suppose, scientifically, women shouldn’t even be roaming the Earth today as we, according you your theory, should have died out as cavepeople, thanks to our lack of brute-strength, which you claim to be the key ingredient for survival.

I bet you didn’t even know that women’s bodies are more endurant than men’s thanks to the presence of estrogen in our bodies and that men are much more prone to heart attacks than women. Don’t forget that women are far more flexible than men, allowing the female characters such as Rue and Katniss in the film to escape from the big, strong men by climbing and scampering up trees. And I also bet you forgot that in the film, Katniss doesn’t punch Kato to death…she cleverly evades him and strikes him with an arrow at the very end of the game. I don’t see the impossibility of this, as with a weapon that relies on the bearer’s skill, killing another unarmed human would become quite possible indeed.

And if you’re Christian, which I’m guessing you probably are, what about the biblical tale of David and Goliath? Who comes out the winner in this tale?

So basically, there are many flaws with your argument. I don’t agree with you at all. I love the Hunger Games and the message it sends; it’s historical and social commentary on Totalitarian and even Capitalist societies like our own. Ever heard of the bourgeoisie or the proletariat? You’ve obviously missed the point to the entire movie.

Laura on April 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Laura.. you are living in a dreamworld.. one where you were born with a penis and testicles instead of a vagina and ovaries. You made me laugh however. You obviously think feminism is real. Guess what sweetie, this is reality.. feminism is a hoax. Women would be slaughtered in droves if there was any real revolution of men on a global scale. You do not need to be reminded of human history and reality in the majority of countries where women have no rights.. and the feminist /communist/ zionist wet dream is collapsing before it can spread.. men are becoming enraged and violence toward women is INCREASING> Bring your tiny little shit ass over here and I’ll show you how quickly a woman gets knocked out, stripped naked, head and eyebrows shaved and her little pink black pussy spread open and examined on cam and whole entertaining video for men to put their laughing comments onto put on YouTube… joker. Go on YouTube and watch the REALITY of female cops getting punched out by men not interested in playing the game. Its hilarious. Women are so out of touch. If we WANT TO RAPE, MANGLE and KILL you, you would have very little chance of survival.. especially running around in the woods. This was a stupid feminist movie and it will only result in more females getting beat up. Do you know how filthy the Jews are ? This is their porn… FEMINISM WAS CREATED BY ZIONSIST JEWS TO DESTROY COUNTRIES.. IT WAS ALREADY DONE TO RUSSIA. 70 MILLION RUSSIAN CATHOLICS WERE MURDERED IN GULAGS. THAT IS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. THOSE ARE WOMEN.. THE STUPID FEMINISTS THEY WILL SLAUGHTER TOO. ITS A HOAX.

    Max on June 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

i feel so dissapointed and i waste my money at the same time after i saw the whole film last 2 weeks ago sorry for my english but many of us got dragged easily because we thought this film is more better than any other blockbuster film like Twilight or Titanic / Avatar or Lord of the Rings but it’s not and Battle Royale is much better to watch than this!

Lloyd on April 20, 2012 at 3:47 am

Damn it ! I got f?!*# by the hype. This article describes this sh… movie perfectly. None of it is making historical sense. It is boring slow. And the action scene have been shot by an epileptic.

Sorry for the mistakes. English not my native langage.

Rithy666 on May 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

OMG Dan, are you linking the History of you country and Obama to Panem’s past ? WTF.

Rithy666 on May 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I can’t stand feminism myself, either. In fact I don’t even think you broads belong on the internet. I’m surprised you even understand enough of any movie to know what you’re watching to, be perfectly frank… let alone use a computer. Now go into the kitchen and make me a gefilte fish, Debbie.

Fred on May 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm

In fairness, the Katniss character does NOT beat up any guys nor is physically fit enough to do so. It is the team (included Peeta and Rue) and her archery skills that keep her alive. But women do skill that differ from men that makes them live longer and stay alive — so if that’s sexist well you might want to take it up with the creator. AND, weapons sure can even the odds regardless of gender and my 4’9″ mother is living proof of that.

Having said that, it is a ripoff of Battle Royale. Sad to say, at it’s core Hunger Games IS the same as Battle Royale. The writing style has nothing to do with the core story being an Americanized copy of the Japanese version. Here is the core: 1) Government forces children to fight arena game; 2) One victor but 2 love birds find a way to beat the system; 3) Now the government is after the 2 love birds that beat the system; 4) Other elements included trained killers types within group of kids in the arena AND a government official who calls out the names of dead so everyone knows how many are left AND a Haymitch type character who was a winner in the previous game who is back for vengeance (see book 2 catching fire) AND the list goes on.

I don’t believe the author Collin for one minute when she says she was unaware of the Japanese book turned movie in the year 2000. She should be sued and at the very least, give credit to the Japanese author whose ideas are so very pronounced in the hunger games.

And oh, yeah, they both (Hunger Games and Battle Royale) exclude God as a source of reliance and/or comfort in any way shape or form as they are atheist societies. But thankfully, God allows us to think and live as we choose and not adhere to what others decide for us — which ironically is the final point of the series.

Jhette on May 29, 2012 at 11:13 am

    JHETTE YOU’RE A MORON.. you are living in a dreamworld.. one where you were born with a penis and testicles instead of a vagina and ovaries. You made me laugh however. You obviously think feminism is real. Guess what sweetie, this is reality.. feminism is a hoax. Women would be slaughtered in droves if there was any real revolution of men on a global scale. You do not need to be reminded of human history and reality in the majority of countries where women have no rights.. and the feminist /communist/ zionist wet dream is collapsing before it can spread.. men are becoming enraged and violence toward women is INCREASING> Bring your tiny little shit ass over here and I’ll show you how quickly a woman gets knocked out, stripped naked, head and eyebrows shaved and her little pink black pussy spread open and examined on cam and whole entertaining video for men to put their laughing comments onto put on YouTube… joker. Go on YouTube and watch the REALITY of female cops getting punched out by men not interested in playing the game. Its hilarious. Women are so out of touch. If we WANT TO RAPE, MANGLE and KILL you, you would have very little chance of survival.. especially running around in the woods. This was a stupid feminist movie and it will only result in more females getting beat up. Do you know how filthy the Jews are ? This is their porn…

    Max on June 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm



Max on June 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Why are you yelling? We can read you without the “ANNOYING CAPS LOCKS”. In hunter and gatherer societies women brought 80% of the food source. In fact this was the most egalitarian societies known to mankind. Men are more prone to ADD/ADHD and autism. Women also live longer than men. We are also getting more university degrees, and on average we score higher on IQ tests by 5 points. Any woman with martial arts training could overtake any man. Just like a smaller man would be able to take over a much larger man. It wasn`t a feminist movie at all. The women had weapons and were trained how to use them which would make it a much fairer and more realistic race. Traditionally archery was a woman`s sport. Get your facts straight. You misogynistic, antisemitic asshole.

    Alana on January 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      @alana you dumb stupid feminist bitch, in hunter gatherer societies women stayed in their huts and cooked and cleaned as they were suppose to and man gained most of the food supply that 80% was something you pulled out of your ass. if this was true all of these societies would have perished. egalitarian dumb bitch, so inferior women want more then men in order to be equal. And dumb bitch men in fact on average have much higher iq scores not to mention everything was invented by men, because they are much smarter, inferior dimwitted women have to lie and claim they were held back to make up for their lack of intelligence. No matter how much martial arts training a woman had she still wouldn’t be able to take down the average man considering she is too slow weak and emotional. Men are far stronger, than any women an average man could destroy the strongest women with martial arts training you delusional feminist.
      archery wasn’t a women sport dumb bitch, men have better aim and accuracy where as women are too emotional and foolish to use a boy. the only women’s sports are cheerleading were they get to show off their bodies, the only thing women are good for, ugly women should be destroyed.You dumb dimwitted feminist chauvinistic piece of shit.

      timothy on November 16, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I love your comments, just love it… you are a real idiot .

peterjohns on June 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

“Snuff film”

A snuff film shows someone ACTUALLY being killed. Not a murder scene acted out by actors.

And Max… Debbie probably won’t even appreciate your comments ’cause of the anti-Semitism. Joke’s on you.

LOL on June 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm

excuse me for laughing at your absolutely absurd review. I’d like to review a piece of your work if you have any. Which I dont believe you do. I think The Hunger Games is a riveting tale of poor, starving, tortured girl, who is brave and strong, . who finds inner power, to stand up for the ones she loves, andrew strong from experience. simple minded people! you are only looking at the gore! focus on the plot! So what if theres violence!? There is violence everywhere, you cant shield yourself from it any longer, it’s the society we live in, get over it! And so you say its “femenist”.how? Because of a female as the lead? Oh yesssss, so what! Shes a fighter, and accompanied by many male roles. Its also a book, so how could Suzanne Collins possible “rip it off” you know what I think of you Ms.Debbie? I strongly believe you are a jealous hag, stuck writing reviews, being bitter because you could never ptoduce such.a twisting thrilling tale of life or death, of a star crossed romance, of the harsh cruelity humans can eventually become. You cant create work like this can you? Thats why you cannot entertain, you are a self righteous bitter critic. And that is MY PERSONAL review.

Riah on July 30, 2012 at 2:55 am

Great review. Total Battle Royale. Girls can kick some ass but I would have to say most of the time they go down pretty easy. I do a lot od kickboxing and have been a wrestler all my life. Just saying.

marshall on August 5, 2012 at 1:03 am

Most women aged 40 to 60 seem to be under the impression that our children being exposed to death is awful and any child who kills frog is a future serial killer. This is ignorant and needs to stop because labeling our children every chance we get will do a lot worse then shielding them from the world around them. maybe 13 is a little young to see this although kids will see what they want to see whether you like it or not. Your entitled to your opinion but understand boys will always pretend to shoot and stab each other, and bambi is going to get shot and cooked for dinner.

nah on August 13, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Glad I came here…funny arguments to entertain me on a weekend night on trivial media…The Hunger Wha? But please…do go on…PEANUTS! That is all!

fathamster on August 18, 2012 at 3:32 am

honestly as a teen i loved the movie the author of the book i feel is obviously insane, to even think up something like that. well i dont really thiink she thought it up i think she just took the whole idea from the condemned and just made them kids. plus its a little less violent. But honestly i dont know how i got to this site. But just a question, do you have kids ms.Debbie because maybe when you go to re watch the movie you will take them, because for an adult who seems to have so much intelligence, you seem to be missing the point of the movie. but then again MAYBE (maybe meaning obviously) you are toooooooo (all the o’s emphasizing how old you MUST be) old to understand which is why ALL PARENTS should take their kids to see it, honestly you might bond over something, and this is coming from a teenager who did cry while watching this movie. EVERYONE GO SEE OR BUY THIS MOVIE ITS TOUCHING AND KATNISS WILL LEAVE YOU INSPIRED AND AFTER SEEING THE SACRIFIES SHE MADE FOR HER FAMILY YOU AND YOURS WILL BECOME CLOSER TRUST ME. i know more then debbie, i dint go into the movies with a bad outlook on it like she did.

Elsaa on August 19, 2012 at 1:57 am

I absolutely hated the books, they were incredibly slow and boring, everyone at my school loves it, and said YOU HAVE TO READ IT!! Same with the Found series by margaret Peterson haddix, I hated those books to. For the very few people who hated the book and then were hated because they didn’t like the “amazing book”
Everyone walked around wearing mocking jay pins and Hunger games t shirts and even PENS and NOTEBOOKS, they were obsessed with the most stupid and boring book of all time.
I’m only in 7th grade and I’ve seen a lot of more violent films, I watch a lot of ION tv (murder mysteries, etc.) it really wasn’t scary or that violent but I still hated it.
Ive also seen a lot of more movies about being in the Army or Air Force, those are much worse – but again they aren’t scary,
I guess I could say I’m immune to violence on tv or video, except i hate horror movies .
I can’t agree with everything the cridict says because it’s not gory or violent enough to be rated R
But it was boring and slow , that’s all I have to say.
Anyone who liked the books or film doesn’t know what a good book or film is.

Tia on August 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I just watched the movie in blu-ray….OMG…SOOOOO BORING!

David on August 25, 2012 at 1:20 am

Ria is obviously not an 8th degree black belt, as no true martial artist of that calibre would speak such words. Otherwise she does not deserve that rank. I would call her a bully and remind her to use her brains and not fall prey to dumb insults. Any decent martial arts first rule is to run from a fight not into one.

Lipski on August 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I finally saw this movie last night and I just had to shake my head at how lame it was. For one thing, I think Jennifer Lawrence is the most boring so-called actress I have ever seen. She does the kind of acting all these new so-called actresses do: she just stands there mouthing dialogue like she’s reading it, with no thought to what she is actually saying or how she would feel if she was actually the character she is portraying. There is no life in her. No inflection in her voice, no feeling in her eyes, no change of expression on her face. And I never believed for a moment she was a teenager. Her eyes were too knowing for that.
She was the same in the other movie she made that she got nominated for and I was just stunned that anybody thought she could act. But that’s how it is nowadays. Throughout the entire movie she had one expression on her face. You are either supposed to guess at what she is thinking/feeling or you are expected to have read the book so you will know.
The other thing I want to say is that this movie is one more in a long series of “Last of the Mohicans” wannabes, from the music to the locations. At one point she is walking along a rocky spot near a river or stream, just like Uncas and Hawkeye did when they were escorting Cora and her sister in “The Last of the Mohicans;” the entire location looks as though it was filmed where LOTM was.
There was ZERO chemistry between J. Lawrence’s Katniss and the boy who loved her, even at the end. Heck, there was no chemistry anywhere between anyone in this sorry movie!

kittiecorner on October 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Did any of you even see the movie!?

This is to those with negative comments. Any with positive comments, I’m almost sure I agree. 😀

I skimmed this.

Sidney on October 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

i will find you. and kill you.
No i joke i won’t but i’m am incredibly offended by this :/

Hollie on November 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Yes you are all allowed your own opinion on this film, however just be reading the comments you can tell this is from America. Debbie, when a film that is feminist, and against the stereotype that men are beter,stronger than women and then you go and complain about it. You re stuck in the 19th century so open your eyes. If you say all films are copies then why do you review them if pu seriously hate films that have a social meaning. I think that ou have to make yourself standout by thinking the opposite of what clearly is right. Yours truthfully a man who believes on equal rights.

Alex on February 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Sounds like you are more obsessed with spreading the filth and lies of republican propaganda than reviewing movies.

YoureBrainwashed on February 19, 2013 at 2:23 am

First of all, I loved your review. In many instances, you hit the nail on the head. But I have to point a couple things:

“Sorry, but America doesn’t want that kind of fantasy . . . ”

Unfortunately (especially for us, movie critics, who crave intelligence in filmmaking), you’re wrong. Apparently, as box office grosses attest, America does want that kind of fantasy. Too bad.

“But America is made up of a bunch of suckers and sheep . . . . They eagerly ingest and digest the swill served up to them, without thought or hesitation.”

And this is one of the truest – and most insightful – statements ever written.

I respect your bravery in publishing such a negative review for a widely-anticipated and mostly positively-reviewed film. I am not surprised at the vitriol posted here in response, coming from the “suckers and sheep” you mention.

Most movie critics pussyfoot around major motion picture releases unless they’re somehow given permission to publish a negative review.

Jay on March 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

its not leftist or liberal it’s just derivative crap. publishers are afraid of new ideas so they publish the same books over and over. the same is true of Hollywood new ideas are scary because you don’t know if you’re going to make any money off of them and money is what this is all about. It sure as hell not about art.

dgh12 on November 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Glad I wasn’t the only disinterested in this film. My sister gave me a copy of it and I still haven’t watched it. I don’t know, maybe it’s personal preference, but seeing a bunch of young people killing each other in a sick game runned by a moronic, corrupt government just isn’t that intriguing a plot to me. It seemed like boring premise as well. I won’t disagree that it took alot of hard work and creativity from the stars and film crew to make this movie.

I just don’t understand why Hollywood chooses to hype up and market certain films in such a very aggressive manner (still can’t get over the image of Katniss’s face popping out on the Parade magazine I usually read. They might as well have put her on Life or Forbes magazine), when there’s plenty of other good books and films that are more profound, meaningful and keep you on the edge of your seat, and deserve more than one viewing at that.

To each their own, I suppose. From some these posts, it’s obviously not for everyone. Oh well, maybe McDonalds or Pizza Hut needed their usual movie of the month to market off their Happy Meals or large cokes or something…

Laura on December 8, 2013 at 4:57 am

Ain’t no lefty thing to love the book and movie. Am a born and bred liberal and the book and movie are crap.

Anne on January 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Left wing? This is libertarian ayn rand anti government fetish fuel, it’s not targeting “capitalists” as much as it is “capitolists”. If anything it’s attempting to attack it’s typical libertarian distorted view of liberalism. It’s rife with “survival of the fittest” shit that fundietarians love, not liberalism. But agreed it is a totally overblown film series that I can’t wait to see dry up.

Roy Gerbil on July 21, 2014 at 4:02 am

The only good part of the movie is when that guy chokes the shit out of the protagonist. Only if he had succeeded. no more shit feminism “i don’t bleed between the legs and am worth more than any man” bullshit movies.

faewfawe on January 27, 2015 at 12:49 am

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