The Starving Games

2013

The Starving Games

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The Starving Games stars Maiara Walsh ("Switched at Birth") as Kantmiss Evershot, the eagle-eyed archer whose bravery and skills inspire the masses along with trending topics on Twitter (R); Cody Allen Christian ("Surrogates," "Pretty Little Liars,") as Peter Malarkey, the geeky young man who volunteers alongside Kantmiss; Brant Daugherty ("Dancing with the Stars," "Pretty Little Liars," "Days of Our Lives") as Dale, Kantmiss's beau who's left behind to watch - and simmer; Ross Wyngaarden ("Bonnie & Clyde: Justified") as Marco, a ruthless player handy with a blade; Dean West ("Monster Hunters") as Seleca, the game's controller and Diedrich Bader (Vampires Suck, Meet the Spartans) as President Snowballs, the malevolent, but ratings-conscious ruler. The comedy is directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Meet the Spartans, Vampires Suck) and is produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Vampires Suck). (c) Ketchup

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Cast

Maiara Walsh
as Kantmiss Evershot
Cody Christian
as Peter Malarkey
Dean West
as Seleca
Diedrich Bader
as President Snowballs
Joseph Aviel
as Arnold Schwarzenegger
Roberts, Jade
as Sylvester Stallone
Chris Marroy
as Stanley Ceasarman
Juhahn Jones
as Cinnamon
Eric Buarque
as Bruce Willis
Alice Ford
as Zitty Girl
Theodus Crane
as Cleaver Williams
Beau Brasso
as Chokehold Guy
Jason Stanly
as Jason Statham
Jerrad Vunovich
as Contestant/Chokehold Victim
Gene Williams
as Chuck Norris
Bryan McClure
as The Annoying Orange
Danny Cosmo
as Camera Man
Gene Kevin Hames Jr.
as Capitol Citizen
Donna Hubbs
as Capital Lady
Kyle deKay
as Ron Weasley
Erin Rementer
as District 12 Resident
Katherine Jeanie Russell
as District 12 Resident
Emily D. Haley
as District 12 Resident
Rhonda Laizer
as District 12 Resident
Jesse Yarborough
as Capitol Citizen
Joshua Mueller
as Equipment Teen
Michael Hartson
as Bob Hylox
Jamie Johansson
as Capitol Citizen
Walker Anderson
as Young President Snowballs
John Wettermark
as Section 10 Citizen
Emily Jessie Thomas
as District 12 Citizen
Clint Michael Naquin
as District 12 Citizen
Chris Angerdina
as Capitol Citizen
Darren Drude
as Capitol Guard
Wayne Xia
as Capitol Citizen
Nick Gomez
as Avatar
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Critic Reviews for The Starving Games

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Audience Reviews for The Starving Games

  • Oct 18, 2015
    Horrible, but at least it's trying to be. This film knows that it's supposed to suck, and at least embraces this idea openly. And to its credit, from what I've seen in this, it does have a couple of moments that are genuinely funny. But yeah, it sucks lol.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2014
    My question is: How did they get these second rated actors to participate in this Z-movie? Absolute garbage, I actually regretted watching this film. It's like they don't even bother trying to make a good movie at all, just throw in random (lame) movie references. I cracked up for 2 seconds in the entire film about Oprah eating people but that's it. Don't even bother.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2014
    In the 1970's, Mel Brooks and Monty Python made spoof films a fixture in American movie theaters. In the years that have followed, we've even seen franchises like, Scary Movie, Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Superhero Movie, but when was the last time you saw a spoof that was actually any good? Because of my love of the Hunger Games, I actually gave it's spoof a chance and I'm sorry I did. There were a lot of things here that could have been made fun of, but they weren't. The film gets so desperate that they actually turn to Avatar, The Avengers, and the action star of the Expendables, to make the thing long enough to be a full length film. I understand that the purpose behind spoof films is to be so ridiculous, that people laugh at how stupid it is, but there is a point where it is so beyond stupid and childish, that no one finds it funny anymore. The Starving Games quickly crosses this line and doesn't go back. It's a comedy making fun of one of my favorite series of all-time, a series I know like the back of my hand, and I hardly laughed. The only thing this film does well is cast actors who closely resemble the cast of the Hunger Games franchise. Beyond that, the acting is terrible, the jokes wouldn't even make children laugh, and the story is so out there, that eventually you're not even sure what they are doing. While spoofing big movies has become big business, this one does nothing but annoy everyone who was dumb enough to watch it.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2013
    I feel like lambasting the duo of Friedberg and Seltzer has gotten to the point of beating a dead horse. I've been railing against their misbegotten sense of comedy (really just pointless and soon-to-be-dated pop-culture references) for years, declaring three of their terrible spoof movies as my worst film of that year. There is no love lost between me and these two men, and yet I feel the sense to restrain my ire when it comes to their latest, The Starving Games. It's another witless comedy caper, this time using the popular Hunger Games series as its skeleton to hang its desperate jokes upon. These guys don't know what parody is, don't know the particulars of comedy and how to build and payoff a joke. It's the same pattern of ineptitude that will never change. Yet while sitting through all 80 laborious minutes of Starving Games, I felt like Friedberg and Seltzer have come to the realization that the end is nigh for their spoof careers. This last movie didn't get a theatrical release and the production values look chintzy even for them. They used to crank these lousy films out one a year; hell, in 2008 they gave us two. Now they've released two in the last five years. Usually they'll pack a celebrity or, barring that, MadTV alums. Even those are absent. That's right, even this movie couldn't snag a MadTV alum or D-list celeb. Perhaps, as I'd long prayed, the public has grown sour on Friedberg and Seltzer's misunderstanding of comedy and matured enough to realize that pointless references are not the same as parody. In all fairness, I did laugh two times in The Starving Games, both related to Diedrich Bader as President Snowballs. The lead actress, Maiara Walsh, displays a lot of potential. She's a good comic actress, has a tremendous smile, a memorable face, and sturdy poise to slough through this mess. She deserves a better movie and more opportunities. At this point, you know what you're getting with Friedberg and Seltzer, and that's all you're going to get. However, I just looked online and discovered they have two movies scheduled for release next year, one a Fast and Furious parody (goody), and the other an honest to God spoof-free straight comedy. I'll be fascinated to see what these two have to offer when it comes to non-spoof comedy, but their background fills me with equal parts dread and derisive excitement. Hey, it can't be worse than InAPPropriate Comedy, could it? Nate's Grade: D
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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