Games People Play: New York (2004)


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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 home with a prize of $10,000. But how far are the participants willing to go in pursuit of money and their 15 minutes of fame? And what does their combination of ambition and lack of inhibition tell us about the people willing to literally bare all without the clear promise of a reward? Games People Play: New York was the first in a projected series of three similar films from Whitney, with installments from Hollywood and the Bible Belt in the works.


Critic Reviews for Games People Play: New York

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17)

The whole experience feels cheap and sleazy, like walking alone down a long damp alley at 3 in the morning.

May 14, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 13, 2004 | Rating: F | Full Review…

Pornography has more integrity than James Ronald Whitney's total tease of a movie.

May 13, 2004 | Rating: D

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.

Apr 23, 2004 | Rating: B
Detroit News
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Just interesting enough to relieve the embarrassment you deserve for enjoying it.

Apr 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

... a unique piece of work.

Apr 19, 2004

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