One-time funny man Adam Sandler has recently been making headlines for all the wrong reasons as he finds himself embroiled in a nasty racism row surrounding a comedy-western he’s currently shooting. But thanks to Pixels, making grossly offensive jokes about Native Americans won’t be the worst thing Sandler does this year.
Based on Patrick Jean’s charmingly retro 2010 short film of the same name, this completely uncharming and witless feature film adaptation sees professional slacker man-child Sandler as professional slacker man-child Sam Brenner, whose life peaked in 1982 when he competed in the World Video Game Championship alongside paranoid conspiracy nut Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) and diminutive douchebag Eddie Plant (Peter Dinklage), narrowly losing first place to the latter in a game of Donkey Kong. The video of their epic arcade game face-off was then included by NASA as part of a sample of 1980’s human culture that was sent off on a probe into deep space on an attempt at making contact with extraterrestrial life.
Well, contact was made, but unfortunately these faceless ET’s misconstrue the video as a challenge of war and so send a retaliatory force, all modelled on the classic arcade video games they found. Soon giant digitized versions of Pac-Man, Galaga, Centipede and more are running amok on Earth, forcing the US President to call on his gaming wunderkind childhood buddy Brenner and his motley crew of societal rejects – helped out by Michelle Monaghan’s military weapons developer Lieutenant Colonel Violet van Patten – to save the day. The US President, by the way, is played by Kevin James, which is a sentence that no socially stable, mentally unimpaired adult can say with a straight face.
(Spoilers: It doesn’t end well for the movie)
Last Updated: July 23, 2015