Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 is the fourth and final installment in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' critically and commercially acclaimed trilogy. Like most final films in a book-based franchise, expect even fans who didn't catch the first Mockingjay to want to see how the filmmakers wrap up the story. Be prepared for intense and upsetting violence revolving around Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and company's revolution against the Capitol, including explosions, shoot-outs, several emotional death scenes, and one extremely tense sequence/jump-scare involving the scary creatures known as Mutts. Amid all the action and violence are a few moments of tenderness and romance, but nothing beyond a couple of sweet kisses. As with the first Mockingjay, this film is also full of potential conversation starters about the role of media during conflict, the role of revolutionaries as symbols (rather than actual people), and how extremes on either side of a political spectrum can be equally dangerous.
A few kisses between loving couples, as well some tender moments of one couple hugging and lying in bed together.
Just as violent as the previous film, and this time even more of the characters who die are those who mean a great deal to Katniss and the audience (though the camera doesn't linger on them as it did with Rue's death in the first film); characters grieve their deaths. The violence ranges from realistic (people die in explosions and from gunshot wounds) to more grotesque (the "Mutts" are scary-looking zombie-type humanoid creatures that basically tear people apart, and others drown in bubbling tar). One very tense jump-scare might leave hearts racing. Peeta has violent outbursts and causes an ally's death. A character asks for a suicide pill, and another is about to use one but is stopped. Characters recall past torture.
Many thought-provoking messages/themes about politics, the importance that symbols play for causes and movements, the role of media in unifying people around a cause, and the way extreme violence is used by both ends of a political spectrum. Could spark conversation on everything from politics to feminism to media -- and, of course, the manner in which books are adapted to the big screen.
No product placements in the film, but many merchandise tie-ins to the movie franchise: games, apparel, jewelry, stationery, accessories, room decor, etc.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Adults drink what looks like wine at a Capitol dinner.