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Mockingjay Part 2, A Family Movie Review

Mockingjay Part 2

This past weekend my family had the chance to check out Mockingjay Part 2. I had, personally, been counting down the days since the Part 1 release last year. In fact, we went the same day, a year later, to see Mockingjay Part 2. Crazy huh. I will say it did not disappoint, but before I continue, let me share a little bit about those of us who went to the movie!

Meet The Mockingjay Part 2 Family Review Crew (photo from a few years ago, we must get new family photos):

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  • The Moviegoers: Toni (that’s me and I’m 36), Brent (my awesome hubby, who is 35), Gabriel (the 16-year-old all-American sports guy), Aidan (the 12-year-old gamer), and Bella (the 10-year-old sassy princess in the family).
  • Family faves: Star Wars Series, Every Marvel Movie Ever (think Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Avengers) and Big Hero 6
  • Fave movies for grown-ups: Bridesmaids, 21 Jump Street, Pulp Fiction

Our Thoughts On Mockingjay Part 2

  • The Story: We watch as the story is picked up from Mockingjay Part 1. Finding out what happened after Peeta’s attack. Through the story, we see Peeta struggle with trying to figure out which of his memories are real and which are not real, but planted by President Snow. We see Katniss take control, knowing she has to do something to stop the terror caused by President Snow, but it seems he is not the only person who is out for blood and Katniss has to readjust her views. Mockingjay Part 2 is full of action and moments you won’t want to miss. Watch and find out what happens with Katniss and the rest of the characters as they journey deep into the heart of the Capitol to put a stop to this game once and for all.
  • What parents may like about this movie: Mockingjay teaches that if you care about a cause you have to follow your instinct. That you don’t give up just because a situation seems beyond hopeless. It’s a great way to show kids to fight for what is right, even when the world may be against you or trying to pull you a different way.
  • What kids will like: My kids loved the whole movie. That being said, they have all seen all the other films. So they knew what to expect when it came to the movies as far as violence. They loved seeing the crazy costumes people of the Capitol wore; they were anxious to find out what happened after part 1 left us hanging.
  • Concerns Parents May Have Parents: Those who have kids younger than the PG-13 rating, may have some concern with the killing in this movie. There are a lot of deaths of characters we have grown to love and those who we just met, even kids being killed. It has the possibility to get to younger children, seeing the killing and violence. Also, there are “mutts” these human dog creatures and they are pretty scary, so younger children could have nightmares if they have not read the books or if they have not been exposed to previous movies in the series.

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How We Rate Mockingjay Part 2:

  • Positive themes: The characters in the film show what it means to stand up for what is right, even when lines may get a little blurred. They show that sometimes sacrifice is required when doing the right thing. We score positive themes a 5 out of 5 for teaching valuable lessons
  • Violence/scare factor: The violence and scare factor is relatively intense in Mockingjay Part 2. With moments of scares that made me jump, killings, the mutts, there are some pretty intense scares in the movie. My youngest is 10, and she did fine, but you will have to gauge your child when it comes to their sensitivity to the violence and scare factor in Mockingjay Part 2. I would say the violence in the movie is a 4 out of 5.
  • Sex/Romance: In Mockingjay Part 2, there is nothing overly sexual, which is huge for me as a parent. There is a kiss between Gale and Katniss, Peeta and Katniss, and Haymitch and Effie Trinket. At one point toward the end of the movie, Katniss lays in bed in Peeta’s arms but nothing happens. So it is very kid-friendly as far as sex and romance go. The level of sex and romance in the movie is a 2/5 due to kissing.
  • Bad language: No bad language that we caught and as a parent I love that. Level of bad language in the movie is 0/5

I highly suggest heading to your theater and seeing Mockingjay Part 2. If you haven’t seen the other movies yet, make a family weekend of it! Watch the first three movies then head to your local theater to see the newest in the series.  

Have you seen Mockingjay Part 2 yet?

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Toni is a professional lifestyle blogger living on the sunny Florida Gulf Coast. She has a passion for Disney, Travel, Fashion, Cooking, Tech, Family Fun Ideas, Reviews, Giveaways and loves being able to share that with her readers!

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