The Starving Games (2013)

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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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PG-13 (for crude and sexual content, comic violence, language and partial nudity)
Genre:
Comedy
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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
Lauren Bowles
as Effoff
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
Jordan Salloum
as Hawkeye
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
Beau Brasseaux
as Chokehold Guy
Nick Gomez
as Avatar
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Critic Reviews for The Starving Games

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

"The Starving Games" has the look and feel of a talent show put on by a high school whose imminent closing has not inspired any noticeable public outcry.

Full Review… | November 12, 2013
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Really, a movie as lame as this one doesn't merit the expenditure of snark.

Full Review… | November 12, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

Lowbrow, violent spoof with plenty of juvenile sex humor.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
Common Sense Media

Even a spoof fan has his limits and this one very closely approaches it.

Full Review… | March 24, 2014
Cinema Sight

It's safe to say that no one in their right mind would find any of (this) clever or entertaining.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
EntertainmentTell

[The directors] are from the Seth McFarlane school of comedy, subscribing to the philosophy that if it's familiar, even vaguely, it must be funny...

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for The Starving Games

The fact that Paul Walker died & these idiots are still alive is further proof that God doesn't exist. The only starving there is are the STARVING kids in Africa, & these fucktards are still getting money to make these so-called 'movies'! And after the success of "Vampires Sucks" thanks to all the idiots who paid to go see it, Seltzer & Freidberg will still continue their brain damaging assaults of this garbage. And go ahead, try & throw in the "You're taking a movie that only tries to get cheap laughs too seriously" or "Grow up & get a freakin' sense of humor!!!!1111!!" or "You're only hating this because it's making fun of that abomination Hunger Games movie!!!111" cards at me; it will only tell me that the people who are actually trying to defend these guys & their atrocious films are nothing but absolute retards. I HAVE a sense of humor, whereas anyone who defends these films with ANY excuse has about as much a sense a humor as Justin Bieber has brains. These aren't comedy, let alone films. Comedy requires satire, wit, HUMOR, sense, & good writing; none of which these fucktards' films has. Their films will only impress attention-deprived retards with no taste (like my sibling). It's all the same recycled shit from their other films, & if one continues to try to defend them then it's obvious they have no say on the subject of comedy, much less a say at all. "Ohhh, look it's *Insert name of character from one movie*!" Said character later gets a cow dropped on him. "Hi I'm *Name* from *Movie*!!! HAHAHAHAH!!!" Later gets hit or killed by a cheap weapon. If that's someone idea of funny then the world should just start killing themselves. What's worse is that these two fuck buddies are STILL going to shit out TWO MORE "films". A Fast & Furious one (like that was unexpected), & the still upcoming "spoof" of James Cameron's Avatar "The Greatest Movie of All Time in 3D".

Frisby 2007
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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 Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

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