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!
I’ve reviewed the trailer before: The Starving Games Trailer Review
Hm. When it comes to parody, I have a love-hate relationship. Modern days parody are almost always positively plain awful. Parody used to be good and actually funny but now it’s full of dirty and very bad jokes, bad effects, bad acting, bad story.. just bad in everything. When you watch a parody, you cannot expect an intelligent comedy. In fact, you can expect the comedy to actually decrease your IQ.
I loved Scary Movies, and surprisingly Vampires Suck. When I heard Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer are making another parody, I was looking forward to it. I was quite disappointed actually.
Like Vampires Suck which parodied Twilight as its main plot, The Starving Games is obviously parodying The Hunger Games as its base parody plot. I feel everything was in a rush. It has almost the same story except you don’t see the ‘preparation’ part. I mean, you don’t see them in the train scene, or preparation for the game and such… it just cuts straight to the game.
There are some scenes that are funny, some are so-so, and some are completely lame. The special effects are lame, though, and cheap looking like someone just learning to do sfx using after effects. They parody some of the popular pop cultures like Harry Potter characters, Siri & Apple products, Avatars, LMFAO, The Avengers, Taylor Swift and many others.
There aren’t many gross or dirty jokes compared with their previous movies so I’m okay with that. I really can’t stand ‘comedy’ movies that rely on really dirty jokes. I’m fine with a moderate level of dirtiness but I do not find fart, shit or vomit to be funny. I don’t know why some people, guys mostly, thinks farting is funny? Gross.
Let’s talk about the cast.
I LOVE the cast. Like Vampires Suck, they cast really good looking actors that resemble almost 90% to the characters they are parodying. In fact, I think Maiara Walsh is prettier than the original actress for the character ‘Katniss Everdeen’. Brant Daugherty is hot as Dale.. and even the other characters are so similar and lookalike. For example, the guys who portrayed Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone & Chuck Norris really do look like the real them! They even sound alike too. Even LMFAO, Taylor Swift.. so I gotta give credit on the casting. I also love Diedrich Bader as President Snowballs. Love his accent.
And Cody Christian who plays Peter Malarkey.
HOT DAYMN. He is p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n.
For the entire movie, I was drooling. He has the perfect smile, perfect face.. urgh. Just makes you want to rape him. He is the reason I was looking forward to this movie.
Too bad that some parts of the movie, he lost his perfection with all the gayness and the supposed sex scene. Ultra weird.
But overall, it wasn’t as funny as I had expected, unlike Vampires Suck. I didn’t feel satisfied. However, there are very funny scenes at the end – BLOOPERS. Now those are extremely funny, in fact, the funniest part in the entire movie.
If you like stupid parodies, then you might enjoy this movie, but if you expect smart, intelligent comedy.. do yourself a favor and skip this one. If you are a teenage girl with a raging hormone, watch this movie for Cody!
THE STARVING GAMES (2013)
LDG’s Rating: 2 / 5
Genre: Comedy, Parody, Spoof
Director: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Writers: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Cast: Maiara Walsh, Brant Daugherty, Cody Christian, Diedrich Bader, Dean J. West