Cast & Credits:
Release Date: November 8, 2013 (limited, VOD and Digital)
Studio: Ketchup Entertainment
Director: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Screenwriter: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Starring: Maiara Walsh, Brant Daugherty
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, comic violence, language and partial nudity)
Official Website: Not Available
Set in the most depressing corner of a post-apocalyptic future, our hero Kantmiss Evershot (Maiara Walsh) volunteers to take her manipulative younger sister's place in the 75th 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 footlong sub at a six-inch price, and a partially-eaten pickle!
In "The Starving Games," Friedberg and Seltzer’s sixth cinematic spoof of popular 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.
SR Quick Take:
The starving Games is a funny rip on The Hunger Games. It has some funny moments and maintaines a humerous feel from opening scene to the closing bloopers. It seems the cast and crew had fun making the film and this translates to the screen.
Maiara Walsh who plays Kantmiss Evershot is both talented and beautiful as she runs around trying to stay alive for the sequel. It's a shame that the Zombieland TV series, which she was also in, was cancelled earlier this year.
If you are a die hard fan on The Hunger Games you may hate the humor-rip that The Starving Games delivers. I remember the first time I saw Mel Brook's Spaceballs, which was a rip on Star Wars, I hated every minute of the film. But years later I see the film for what it was meant to be, FUNNY. It is important to consider this is a comedy movie parody, which is not meant to be taken seriously or as a slam of a particular film, it's meant as entertainment, nothing more.
So, check it out if you want a laugh or two, but leave the easily-offended-movie-fan at the house.