Games People Play (2004)
Average Rating: 4.8/10
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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 17
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 386
Director James Ronald Whitney takes the reality television craze to the outer limits in this motion picture, which at once parodies the antics of shows such as Fear Factor and Punk'd while pushing the envelope of both the concept and his participants. After auditioning several hundred New Yorkers, Whitney recruits a cast of three men and three women to perform various stunts around the city, most of which involve nudity or sexual situations, with the cast member who is judged as the best walking
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The whole experience feels cheap and sleazy, like walking alone down a long damp alley at 3 in the morning.
This is the kind of faux-dignified freak show that was once the stuff of parody and satire. Now it pats itself on the back for being 'risqué' and treats itself seriously.
Pornography has more integrity than James Ronald Whitney's total tease of a movie.
A look at the fame machine, done with tongue in cheek, eyes open in wonderment and a brazen sense of playfulness that's hard to resist.
Just interesting enough to relieve the embarrassment you deserve for enjoying it.
Proves that you don't need much money to make an absolutely fascinating reality movie, provided you are willing to exploit weirdos waiting for their moment in the limelight.
The only way anyone in the audience will win is if they walk out on the film, seek out management, and ask for their money back.
Degrades both those who chose to appear in it and those of us unfortunate enough to watch it.
It is a perfect marriage of exploiters and exhibitionists. The only person who gets cheated in this exchange is the viewer.
Entertaining in a naked real world, train-wreck kind of way... the pranks are often funny, never actually cruel, but at the same time, there's something sad about these games.
A clever, amusing, roundly enjoyable social experiment wrapped in colorful docu-tainment swaddling clothes.
If reality is made up of truth without deceit, there's nothing real about Games, unless you count really bad and really awful.
This sly endeavor is not nearly as brave or uninhibited as it claims; it is a movie that scrambles around with its ideas and never really decides where it wants to take them.
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