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Pixels

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Chris Columbus
  • 101 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Sci-fi action comedy starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. When aliens read signals from 1980s arcade games as a hostile message, it falls to Sam Brenner and his geeky gaming friends to save the world.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad play three 1980s arcade geeks tasked with saving the world from invading aliens who are attacking the planet in the form of popular video games from the past. Impressive effects fail to gloss over an inane plot and childish humour, as these oafish heroes scream and quip their way to Earth's salvation. Sandler seems stuck in autopilot for most of the film, leaving his energetic co-stars to pick up the slack (Josh Gad is responsible for the film's few funny moments). A bizarre turn by Peter Dinklage as Sandler's childhood nemesis (complete with 80s power mullet) underlines the muddled tone of the film. With references that will mean little to younger viewers, and humour too juvenile for those who do remember Pac-Man, Q*bert et al, Pixels has moments that may raise a smirk, but far more that will draw out a groan.

Credits

Cast

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Sam BrennerAdam Sandler
President Will CooperKevin James
Ludlow LamonsoffJosh Gad
Eddie PlantPeter Dinklage
Lt Col Violet Van PattenMichelle Monaghan
Admiral PorterBrian Cox (1)
Corporal HllSean Bean
First Lady Jane CooperJane Krakowski
Prime MinisterFiona Shaw
1982 Championship MCDan Aykroyd
Lady LisaAshley Benson
MattyMatthew Lintz
Serena WilliamsSerena Williams

Crew

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DirectorChris Columbus

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2015-08-07
Languages
English | Hindi | Japanese
Guidance
Some violence, swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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