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Catching Fire Just Barely Avoided an R Rating

Jennifer Lawrence. Photo: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan

How did Catching Fire, like The Hunger Games, manage to get a PG-13 rating, despite all the killing that goes on in the arena? At last night’s New York premiere of the movie, producer Nina Jacobson said it almost didn’t this time around. “We had one shot where one of our tributes is killed at the cornucopia, and we had to move where the arrow hit him, from one part to another part,” she told Vulture. “It used to hit him in the face, and now it hits him in the chest. But it was really pretty minor, all things considered.” She and director Francis Lawrence are “much more interested in the consequences of violence than the expression of violence,” she said. “We’re never really dwelling on the gore of the games. It’s much more about the emotional effect.”