Ladies and gentlemen, let The Hunger Games begin on screens near you.
Tickets are on sale for Friday's 12:01 a.m. showing of the thriller based on the first book in Suzanne Collins' young adult trilogy. It opens nationally that day in 4,000 theaters and is sure to be a box office smash.
You can catch the midnight premiere of the film near Novi at or AMC 20 Livonia. Use the Moviefone widget above to search for movie times.
Controversy over the film's age-appropriateness
Though the 2008 best-seller's gory violence has been notched back enough to snare a PG-13 rating, the film spurs discussion about age-appropriateness – just as Collins' provocative books do when they're in school libraries or classrooms. The first volume depicts a totalitarian nation, Panem, where a girl and boy from each of 12 state-like districts are chosen by government lottery to fight to the death for food and survival in a televised annual spectacle.
"While emotional maturity is relative, I would rate The Hunger Games at 12 and up," posts a blogger at mamapop.com, anticipating a decision parents face this week.
Across the Atlantic, Britain's film review board required removal of seven seconds featuring bloody wounds and weapons, as well as darkening or blurring of five other scenes, to qualify for a rating that lets children younger than 12 into theaters with a parent.
This sets the stage for family choices, moms' group debates and "let's talk" experiences across generations. Share your view below in the comments.
And may the odds be ever in your favor.