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The Starving Games (2013)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kantmiss
... Peter (as Cody Allen Christian)
... Dale (as Brant Dougherty)
... President Snowballs
Ross Wyngaarden ... Marco
... Effoff
... Seleca (as Dean West)
... Bob Hylox
... Cleaver Williams (as Theo Crane)
... Stanley Ceaserman
Eryn L. Davis ... Rudy (as Eryn Davis)
... Petunia
... Cinnamon
... Glammer
... Na'vi Guy
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Set in the most depressing corner of a post-apocalyptic future, our heroine Kantmiss Evershot (Maiara Walsh) volunteers to take her manipulative younger sister's place in the seventy-fifth annual "Starving Games." In doing so, she must leave behind her smoldering just-a-friend Dale (Brant Daugherty) and team up with the geeky baker's son Peter Malarkey (Cody Allen Christian) in a fight for her life. But wait, there's more! She could also win an old ham, a coupon for a foot-long sub at a six-inch price, and a partially eaten pickle! In The Starving Games, Friedberg and Seltzer's sixth cinematic spoof of box-office hits, the prolific parody duo has its sights trained on the adventure blockbuster The Hunger Games! It's all the laughs and half the calories as they sling dozens of cock-eyed, barbed arrows at sci-fi, action and fantasy films from The Avengers and Oz the Great and Powerful to pop culture characters and celebrities like Harry Potter and Taylor Swift. Written by Ketchup Entertainment

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, comic violence, language and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Expendables impersonators who all met on set have remained close and have worked on other projects since, calling themselves "The Expandables." See more »

Goofs

When Kantmiss is running through the forest after defeating Backpack Girl, a boom mic is clearly visible. See more »

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Voice: [off-camera] Hey, Phil, stay down there. Put your finger in his mouth.
Peter Malarkey: PETER!
[breaking character]
Peter Malarkey: Okay. We're done. We're done with this.
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This motion picture is based, in part, upon actual events, persons and companies. However many of the characters, incidents and companies portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious. Any similarities of those fictitious characters, incidents or companies to the name, attributes or actual background of any actual person, living or dead, or to any actual event, or to any existing company, is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »

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Stuffed Derma
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Joey Katsaros (as Joseph Katsaros), and John McCurry
Performed by Deebergstein (as Debergstein)
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
By arrangement with Format Entertainment
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Better than their previous attempts, but still far from good
6 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Yet another 'modern spoof' by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, 'The Starving Games' has as its main focus of parody the 'Hunger Games' film. Alongside it, multiple references/spoofs of other hit films like 'The Avengers' or 'Expendables', or popular culture in general.

Friedberg and Seltzer have for very long tried to copy the parody style of David Zucker, with varying degrees of success: 'Scary Movie' was very good (though I believe that was more due to the other screenwriters involved, like the Wayans' brothers), as was 'Wrongfully Accused' to a lesser degree (though that was more due to Nielsen than their writing), but the rest of their works tend to range from regular to terrible; in fact, their more aimless, messy spoofs ('Epic Movie', 'Disaster Movie') are amongst the worst films I've ever seen.

'Starving Games' falls in the second category, with some genuinely funny moments (like the aforementioned 'Avengers' and 'Expendables' spoofs) but with a lot of bad ones (including, for example, the rather tasteless sex scene). Friedberg/Seltzer try so much to cram as many 'hip' references as possible, that by the end the final product is an unfunny, idiotic-looking mess. The fact no actor here managed to give a good comedic vibe, which could save some scenes (something Leslie Nielsen was very good at), makes this worse than it could have been; the actors don't even seem to try at all, and no one has any charisma (especially the main actress).

Unfortunately, while this is a slightly better attempt, It doesn't give me hope for their future career. The fact their comedies seem to keep having a degree of audience success means they will keep with this formula. Guess I will just have to learn to stop bothering with their films.


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