The Starving Games


The Starving Games

Adam Zacharias looks into parody film The Starving Games.

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Published: Thu 20 Mar 2014, 6:04 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 6:29 PM

PARODY FILMMAKING DUO Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Date Movie, Meet the Spartans) make an unwelcome return with The Starving Games, hoping to make a quick buck by riffing off the enormous success of The Hunger Games franchise.

Maiara Walsh plays Kantmiss Evershot, an expert archer in a dystopian future who is sent to risk her life in the annual ‘Starving Games’ contest – which offers prizes such as a discount sandwich coupon and a half-eaten pickle. Among those spoofed in the movie are Taylor Swift, Chuck Norris and Psy.

“Really, a movie as lame as this one doesn’t merit the expenditure of snark,” said Joe Leydon of Variety.

“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,” said Peter Sobczynski of

The Starving Games currently has a 0% rating on and a 3.2/10 rating on


  • The Starving Games is Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s seventh film together as directors. Combined, those seven movies have amassed just 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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