The Starving Games (2013)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Sci-Fi

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In this Hunger Games spoof, Kantmiss Evershot must fight for her life in the 75th annual Starving Games, where she could also win an old ham, a coupon for a foot-long sub, and a partially eaten pickle.

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5 December 2013 | Hellmant
| Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's best movie yet!
'THE STARVING GAMES': Two Stars (Out of Five)

Another movie spoof from the writing/directing team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Friedberg and Seltzer also helmed such loathed film parodies as 'DATE MOVIE', 'EPIC MOVIE', 'DISASTER MOVIE', 'MEET THE SPARTANS' and 'VAMPIRES SUCK'. They also co-wrote 'SPY HARD' and the first 'SCARY MOVIE'. This time they chose to poke fun at the immensely popular youth book adaptation film 'THE HUNGER GAMES'. I think it's their best movie yet but that's of course not saying much at all.

The directing duo chose actress Maiara Walsh to do her best job imitating Jennifer Lawrence in the film. She's no Jennifer Lawrence and she doesn't really look or act like her at all but she does an OK job in the role all the same. Walsh plays Kantmiss Evershot and Cody Christian and Brant Daugherty co-star with her as Peter Malarkey and Dale. Diedrich Bader also co-stars in the movie as it's main villain President Snowballs. The film takes place in a post apocalyptic future (much like that of 'THE HUNGER GAMES') in which the 'Starving Games' are in their 75th year. Kantmiss volunteers in the 'games' to save her sister and has to compete to the death with other teenagers (like Malarkey) in hopes of being the sole survivor. She also could win a coupon for a Subway sub, a half-eaten pickle and an old ham.

Unlike other blockbuster satires from Friedberg and Seltzer this one mainly just parodies it's main source material ('THE HUNGER GAMES') and doesn't detour from that plot line. It briefly makes fun of other popular movies (like 'THE AVENGERS', 'THE EXPENDABLES 2' and 'HARRY POTTER') but those jokes take up just minutes of the movie (or less). To be fair I've only seen 'DATE MOVIE', 'VAMPIRES SUCK' and the original 'SCARY MOVIE' (out of the other films on the filmmakers' resumes) but I did think this one was the funniest of those four. Perhaps just because I like the movie it's making fun of the best. It's a bad satirical comedy flick that's mostly unfunny but it's not painfully unfunny like those other films.

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