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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A child psychologist and even an extra who's also a mom said they had some concerns with some of the scenes with "The Hunger Games."

The movie is rated PG-13 and is based on a trilogy book series set in a futuristic world. Children are put in a deadly competition where only one comes out of the arena alive.

Emily McMillan, who, along with her two children, were cast as extras in the movie, said some scenes bothered her--as a mom--while they were filming.

"I know visual images can really affect people, and they can't get that out of their mind," McMillan said. "I was really worried about two scenes in particular, and I was really relieved with the way they did it."

McMillan has already seen the movie, but the rest of the public got to see it starting at midnight Friday. Child counselor Kelly Canter had only seen the Hunger Games trailer but said that was enough.

"The movie is about the exploitation of children, children fighting children, children killing children--13- to 18-year-olds," Canter said. "How does that contribute to the emotion, education and psychological development of my child? Sometimes you just have to say no."

However, McMillan said she is pulling the positive message the main character portrays.

"I think it's a book about survival, using her skills--her critical thinking skills and her strategies--and yet she does it with integrity and morals, and she really cares about people," McMillan said.

The movie was filmed entirely in North Carolina.

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