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Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games." (AP/Lionsgate)
Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games." (AP/Lionsgate)

Like the book, “The Hunger Games’’ doesn’t end so much as open the door to the next installment; it’s frustrating, but you’ll probably feel you’ve gotten your money’s worth. Somewhere in here, though, is a bigger, more resonant movie that could have brushed against the story’s allegorical anxieties: how the grown-up world pits youth against itself; how the entertainment industry pushes violence and death for profit; how the world beyond high school can be a killing field - pick your paranoia.

What we’ve been given instead is a very reasonable facsimile aimed at upsetting the fewest people while making the biggest amount of money.

Guests:

  • Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic

This segment aired on March 22, 2012.

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