The Starving Games

In one of the greatest episodes of Community, Donald Glover‘s Troy Barnes shouts “‘There is a time and a place for subtlety, and that time was before Scary Movie.” And it’s true, films that attempt to parody or to satirize pop culture or whatever you want to call the ____ Movie genre are films defined by references that are easily understood by anyone with a faint awareness of pop culture. This process has eaten its own tail and now there’s The Starving Games.

This comes from writer/directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, who have run parody films into the ground since Date Movie. And as you can see from the trailer, they now use one movie as an anchor (here it’s The Hunger Games) for the narrative, and then build jokes around one’s familiarity with that material, and then throw in some other references as well, here obviously to The Avengers, to The Hobbit and to Psy. Yeah, they go for the “Gangham Style” joke, even though that phenomenon is over a year old. The point is: Everyone remembers it.

Reached for comment on the impact their series of movies had, and how it’s been perverted into something toxic and painful, David and Jerry Zucker said this about the release of Airplane!:

We knew the world would not be the same. Few people laughed, few people cried, most people were silent. Jerry remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.

The Starving Games hits theaters November 8 and will also be on VOD.

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