Movie Review – The Starving Games (2013)

The Starving Games
Directed by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
Courtesy of Ketchup Entertainment
Release Date: November 8, 2013


As you can probably tell from the title, this is NOT the big-budget adaptation of the hit YA book starring Jennifer Lawrence. This is actually a spoof of that series, and I have to admit that it’s a pretty good one. From what I’ve read and heard, most people either love or hate spoofs…there’s not much gray area in between. For me, I enjoy them for the most part and will continue to watch them as long as they’re made. Although not perfect, THE STARVING GAMES is a fun spoof, chocked full of quirky gags and raunchy humor.

If you are not familiar with THE STARVING GAMES, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Arc Entertainment:

The Starving Games follows Kantmiss a young girl who lives in one of the poorest districts of a futuristic society. Chosen to participate in the Starving Games, a barbaric yearly competition where teenagers are pitted against one another in a brutal death match, she must fight and claw her way to survive. The latest spoof comedy by duo Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer includes hilarious, non-stop shout outs to some of the biggest recent events in pop culture and cinematic adventures including The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes, and the Harry Potter saga.

I suppose I should preface this review by stating this: if you don’t like stupid humor, then don’t watch this film. You will hate it. But if you like oddball comedy, like Monty Python or Benny Hill, then you should definitely give this one a look.

THE STARVING GAMES is not really low-budget (IMDB estimates the budget at $4.5 million), but it won’t win any awards for elaborate special effects or set designs. That is part of the film’s allure, though. Many of the gags and jokes would simply fall flat if more realism had been put into the film.

But although I found this film entertaining, it does have a few flaws. For example, some of the attempts at humor are simply not funny. Toilet humor is way overdone in this day and age, and it surprises me that directors still resort to it. It fails here.

Still, THE STARVING GAMES does not pretend to be anything other than a zany, homage-bending ode to many recent staples in cinematic pop culture. Many movies are spoofed here, not just THE HUNGER GAMES. I particularly enjoyed seeing THE EXPENDABLES show up, and the actor that did the Sylvester Stallone impersonation is amazing.

This film will not be for everyone, but if you enjoy the SCARY MOVIE franchise, then put this one on your list. The film is available now in a variety of formats.


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