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The Starving Games

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3.21 h 22 min2013X-Ray12
When lithe and fearless Kantmiss Evershot volunteers to take part in the winner-takes-all STARVING GAMES, she takes on a whole lot more than she had bargained for.... including Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, The Avengers and ANGRY BIRDS!
Directors
Jason FriedbergAaron Seltzer
Starring
Maiara Walsh
Genres
Comedy
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Audio Languages
English
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3.7 out of 5 stars

444 global ratings

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  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
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Scott CochraneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 June 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Most of the jokes would be funnier with more restraint.
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I almost laughed at a number of jokes in this movie, only for them to be ruined by them keeping going with the absurdity. Take for instance the part in the beginning with the hamster. Instead or just ending the scene there with the sister giving a shocked look they proceed to have it zoom in to the hamster and add really bad photoshopped eyes to it. Ruining any comedy possible with that scene.

A lot of the "jokes" are structured like this, want another example? A few minutes later we're introduced to cinnamon the designer, and the joke with him would be infinitely funnier if they stopped at just the reaction shot with him realising he got the wrong person but instead they meander along with him standing around awkwardly which is... Not funny.

Then there is the truly awful effects, they are so poorly done I honestly think I could do better myself. One of the funnier scenes in the beginning had cantmiss' sister just walking into a building. That effect was simple and hilarious. The pin going through her hand was not.

I couldn't really watch much more. Sorry.
12 people found this helpful
A.LindholmReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Rude, crude and very, very silly.
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I think the negative reviews of this are comedy gold. It's almost as if some people believe The Hunger Games is a profound philosophical-political commentary that shouldn't ever be mocked. The fact is that the original is derivative and illogical to the point of absurdity, and the positive outcome for Katniss depended on a sequence of irrational choices and highly implausible coincidences. The production values of THG are much higher than those of The Starving Games, and the original plays it straight all the way through from ridiculous beginning to daft ending, but in its own way, it's just as absurd as this parody.

Humour is subjective, but my family (60+, 50+, 11 yo) all found the gross, juvenile and predictable humour of this hilarious. Having watched the original one day and the parody the next, I've found that the images from the parody have lingered far longer than anything from the original. (The only thing I clearly recall about that is Katniss's preposterous fire dress and the awestruck reaction of an audience made up of supposedly sophisticated yahoos.)
3 people found this helpful
The Movie DioramaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 April 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
The Starving Games left me hungry for some quality film-making.
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The Starving Games left me hungry for some quality film-making. Oh boy. This was something else. No longer are we experiencing the tolerability of ‘Date Movie’. ‘Meet The Spartans’ now an echoing far cry for assistance. Stranded, isolated, and alone. Friedberg and Seltzer have somehow managed to accomplish the impossible, bettering their previous efforts in creating one of the worst possible parody features available. This is undoubtedly down there, burning in the hellish fires of Hollywood’s underworld with ‘Movie 43’ and their own ironically titled ‘Disaster Movie’. Solely spoofing ‘The Hunger Games’, this parody was instantly exhausted of ideas right from the very first second. Kantmiss Evershot? Was that supposed to be funny? No, seriously. Did I miss something whilst I gleefully bleached my eyes?

This time around, the directors seemingly gave up trying to be hilarious and instead insisted on presenting as many advertisements as possible. Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Starbucks, Subway, Apple, McDonalds, Nike and a plethora of other brands. Atleast their previous parodies actually attempted to mock films (it’s a back-handed compliment...) and not feed into corporate monopolisation. Then there’s the outdated pop culture icons that were ham-fisted into this grotesque rectum of a film. The Annoying Orange, PSY and LMFAO to name a few. Playing on nostalgia isn’t funny. It’s death-worthy. The Starving Games wasn’t in first gear to begin with. Heck, it wasn’t even in neutral. It was reversing! The film was laughing at me for watching it in the first place!

Peter is a device for an elongated homosexual joke, an unhealthy obsession that the directors have had in all their features. Sexual crudeness was included to, yet again, satisfy all those lonesome virgins “fapping” to their TV whenever Kantmiss repeatedly forces a teen to “motorboat” her. Looping scenes by masquerading them as highlights, from shoving a foot up someone’s poop chute to a guy battered by a cannonball and exclaiming “my balls!” in slow-motion, functioning as a minor lethargic effort to ensue laughter. Then, the real kicker, the final five minutes of the runtime comprised of a blooper reel! As if the film itself actually wasn’t funny, they thought the outtakes would surely inject some hilarity! Yeah, no. Tears were certainly visible. Tears of regret. Technically speaking, there are no positives. Acting? Terrible. Visual effects? Borderline obnoxious. Directing? Wait, there’s direction? Costumes and makeup? Cosplayers.

To sum up this travesty in one sentence: The Starving Games is a bunch of blindingly white-teethed attractive models running around in their overgrown back garden, attempting to parody ‘The Hunger Games’, but instead obliterated their careers before they had even manifested. There. Done! Move along...
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SteveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 August 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not quite the hunger games.
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It did what it was meant to and that was to get me laughing. There`s no way anybody involved with the 4 H games could get upset by it. Humour is hard to quantify but to say it`s funny gives it a good base line. So if you`re in a bit of a downer and need to cheer up then you could watch this, but don`t expect it to be on a per with the Hunger Games as it just isn`t.
2 people found this helpful
MaztergeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 April 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
My best bit was when Sly and his Expendables team showed ...
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I've seen the Hunger Games, and so understood this well which made it much funnier. My best bit was when Sly and his Expendables team showed up, the look-a-likes and accents were excellent. Most of the looks alikes were brilliant in this movie.
3 people found this helpful
Old_BrownReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 September 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Garbage
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Garbage. Did I mention garbage, and bad garbage that. Jokes from an eight year old, production values of a pensioner who has just got photoshop, and an insistance not just on doing bad jokes but backing them up with excruciating visual puns just in case you did not get it. Trash, rubbish, nonsense. May be interesting to unsophisticated eight year olds.
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Ms Kathryn LourencoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Horrendous
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I knew it was going to be a bit of slapstick, but it is awful. Don't waste your money. We didn't even get halfway it was that bad. Would give it no starts if I could.
Tom SotReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 June 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cheap comedy
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It's cheaply made and some of the jokes aren't pulled off particularly well, but for a Hunger Games fan it's a fun little parody with some scenes that do border on being hilarious. I started watching it to see how bad it was then ended up making it to the end. The actors do a good job considering the limits!
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