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Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'The Hungover Games'

Dennis King Published: February 4, 2014
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This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:

“The Hungover Games”

Even though the next installment of “The Hunger Games” is months away, and there’s no firm word yet on a fourth outing for the party-hearty Wolf Pack dudes of “The Hangover,” parody fans can have their cake and eat it too with “The Hungover Games” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

Parody movies – hodgepodge comedies that poke fun at the conventions of other popular films – seem to cycle around the cineplexes every few years (witness the likes of “Airplane,” “Spaceballs,” “The Naked Gun,” “Scary Movie,” “Spy Hard,” “Epic Movie” and so on).

“The Hungover Games” snatches characters and bits of business from both “The Hunger Games” and “The Hangover” – along with gags referencing “Carrie,” “Ted,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and others – to form a loosey-goosey narrative of sorts.

It focuses on a bachelor party at a rundown motel outside Las Vegas where four pals pass out and wake up in a strange world in which they’re being transported a ritualistic battle to the death, known as the Hungover Games. There, they meet the spoiled, immature Effing (as in Effie Trinket) and the gruff, alcoholic Justmitch (as in Haymitch Abernathy) and must go head to head with various, spoofy Pop Culture Districts (including The Middle Earth District, The Superhero District and The Johnny Depp District).

As the jokes fly fast and furious, several familiar faces show up to join the fun, including Tara Reid as Effing, Jamie Kennedy as the Haymitch stand-in and Bruce Jenner as the bluff sports commentator.

“The Hungover Games” is rated R (for crude and sexual content, nudity, language throughout, comic violence and drug use) and runs 85 minutes. It’s being released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

- Dennis King