From the people who brought you Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Vampires Suck… Scared yet? You better be because they’re back with their latest allegedly comedic con job cleverly entitled The Starving Games.
From Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the writing-directing duo that are to great comedy what a scorching case of herpes is to great sex, comes The Starving Games, which we first heard about last October and hoped might disappear (no such luck obviously). If you’re familiar with their previous films, then you should pretty much know what to expect here, albeit this one is even cheaper looking than their previous endeavors.
As you can imagine from the title, the bulk of the movie is a spoof of The Hunger Games. That doesn’t mean they didn’t find a way to clumsily work in such other time-stamped pop culture references as Angry Birds, “Gangnam Style,” and Avatar. Seriously, Avatar jokes in 2013? At least The Avengers and The Expendables are topical.
The movie stars Maira Walsh, most recently seen in the “Zombieland” TV pilot that was hated out of existence. Co-starring are Brant Daugherty and Cody Christian, both of whom recently co-starred on the show “Pretty Little Liars”. Either Friedberg & Seltzer really like that show or the two guys have the same agent, who needs a stern talking to.
The movie does not yet have a US distributor, but you can expect that to change shortly. Remember Vampires Suck cost only $20 million to make and grossed over $80 million worldwide, opening #2 in the US. Don’t be surprised to see The Starving Games in a theater near you in the months to come. Hell, they’ve already gotten the greenlight to make Superfast, their next spoof of the Fast & Furious franchise.
One cannot accuse the trailer for The Starving Games of not having some moments of sheer honesty. The guy yelling “This is bullshit!” pretty much sums it all up, as does having the trailer end with someone getting shit on their face.
“Good morning, hungry citizens of District 12! Don’t forget today is the Gathering Ceremony, so parents please bring your beloved children to the square for a random death lottery.”
When lithe and fearless Kantmiss Evershot (a dead ringer for Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take part in the winner-takes-all STARVING GAMES, she takes on a whole lot more than we could ever have bargained for… including Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, and The Avengers.
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