“The Hunger Games” was too bloody for British Board of Film Classification, so distributor Lionsgate agreed to make some edits in order to receive the board’s 12A classification — meaning kids under 12 can still see the movie, but with an adult.
Had the changes not been made, the film would’ve been classified 15A, meaning kids 15 and under — hello target audience! — would’ve needed to be accompanied by an adult.
According to CBC News the movie, in which teenagers battle each other to the death in a dystopian future, lost about seven seconds of “blood splashes and the sight of blood on wounds and weapons” in order to make the 12A classification.
In the U.S., the film didn’t have any trouble meeting the criteria for the youth-friendly PG-13 rating.