‘The Starving Games’ Could Be the Worst Movie of 2013
Just yesterday, Quentin Tarantino revealed his list of his favorite movies of 2013; a list that spurred some debate at which films really were the best of the year. But, when it comes to the title of Worst Movie of 2013, there will be no such debate. At the top will sit ‘The Starving Games,’ the latest “comedy” from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the prolific spoofing duo behind ‘Date Movie,’ ‘Epic Movie’ and, yes, ‘Disaster Movie.’
Ostensibly this is a ‘Hunger Games’ parody and for the first 15 seconds, you might be fooled into thinking it’s actually from ‘The Hunger Games’…but then there’s a “Hugh Janus” joke and it all falls apart. The following two minutes are a blur of dated jokes on everything from ‘The Avengers’ (we have no idea why Captain America has a six-pointed star), Tim Tebow, Gangnam Style, Angry Birds, those guys who sang that “I’m Sexy and I Know It” song and ‘Avatar.’ Yes, ‘Avatar’ jokes. It’s an impressive ratio of groans/second.
Everyone seems to hate the Friedberg/Seltzer oeuvre of films, yet they are incredibly successful from a commercial standpoint. All but one of their movies has grossed more than $80 million worldwide. This is despite most of them being rated at 2% or lower (lower!) on Rotten Tomatoes. And if you think this is the end, they’re already in production on their next film, ‘Superfast,’ a parody of the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies that will no doubt include timely references to Sharknado and Grumpy Cat.
‘The Starving Games’ arrives in select theaters and VOD on November 8, 2013. Do yourself a favor and go see ‘Thor: The Dark World’ instead.