The Hunger Games is the hot-ticket item at the movies right now; It’s already sold-out record numbers of advanced showings, and earned strong reviews from critics (click here for our official review). The film is looking like a big success for Lionsgate (a sequel, Catching Fire, is already on the way) – but that doesn’t mean that everyone is sold on seeing it.

In fact, there is a considerable portion of the larger moviegoing public that hasn’t read any of Suzanne Collins’ novels and is wondering what all the hubbub is about this film and if it’s worth a trip to the theater.

So, for those who have not yet been bitten by Hunger Games fever, we’ve compiled 5 things you should know to help you better make your decision about whether or not to see the film.

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