Pixels is a 2015 science fiction action comedy film directed by Chris Columbus and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage. The movie focuses on aliens disgused as '80s video game characters bent on invading the earth.


Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant all played classic arcade video games as teenagers. But now they have to use their skills to try to save the world from aliens. The aliens watched video feeds that they thought was a declaration of war. So they send down the classic arcade games to destroy earth. They also get help from a military specialist. They have three lives and if all three get used then earth will be destroyed, and every time they lose a live the aliens take someone's life. It's us VS. the aliens? It's an all-out battle to save our planet and everyone on it.

Why It Sucks

Warning: Do not add The Elephant in the Room of the film being a rip-off of a Futurama episode.

  1. Several plot holes, such as a middle-aged man who knows nothing about combat being better at warfare than the US military.
  2. Poorly-written characters who are bland and forgettable.
  3. Cliché dialogue.
  4. Bizarre and nonsensical jokes (especially the joke where someone says "You smell so nice like the book of Genesis.")
  5. Q-Bert is made into a very annoying comic relief character that actually angered more moviegoers than critics.
  6. The movie's climax is so convoluted, including the "heroes" cheating at the games to defeat the aliens which shouldn't work since it's supposed to be real life and Q-Bert taking the form of Lady Lisa (a fictional character from a game-within-the-movie), something even Sam, a character in the film, questions himself.
  7. Cartoonish CGI.
  8. False advertising: on the PAC-Man poster, he's seen devouring San Francisco, but there aren't any scenes that are shown in San Francisco.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. This film might be the perfect film for some gamers, if it gets taken seriously.
  2. The special effects and the animation of the video game characters are well-done.
  3. Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Home Alone films and the first two Harry Potter films did a decent job.
  4. The idea of video game characters going haywire is a pretty interesting idea for a film.
  5. It had Mario appearing in the movie, a character absent in the critically-acclaimed film of the same concept, Wreck-It Ralph.
  6. At least Q-Bert is adorable.
  7. The soundtrack is awesome, especially with a different rendition of We Will Rock You.



Pixels holds a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes and a critic consensus that reads "Much like the worst arcade games from the era that inspired it, Pixels has little replay value and is hardly worth a quarter." The movie was very heavily advertised because of its surreal plot and obvious inclusion of retro video game characters. At the time of its release, the movie (like most modern Adam Sandler movies) was met with overwhelmingly negative reviews and is being called "a good candidate for Adam Sandler's worst movie".


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