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Pixels

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5.61 h 45 min2015X-RayHDRUHDPG-13
Video-game champions defend Earth from an alien invasion.
Directors
Chris Columbus
Starring
Adam SandlerKevin JamesMichelle Monaghan
Genres
ComedyFantasyAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Peter Dinklage
Producers
Adam SandlerAllen Covert
Studio
Columbia Pictures
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Alcohol usefoul languageviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

18122 global ratings

  1. 77% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Engineer1279Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Despite the case not claiming to be digital ANYWHERE, it really does have the renew code for VUDU.
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Twice now I have ordered this movie as bluray plus ultraviolet. Both times only the disc arrived. Compare my picture to the one in the description. They are not the same.

REVISED: a couple of hours later.
I am revising my rating to three stars. The thing with movies is you only know for sure what is printed on the outside. Once you open a video, you can't return it. For whatever reason people think you are trying to pirate it. In any event, the picture of my disc did not anywhere claim to include the digital version. So I sent the first one back. The second one, I was going to just keep and buy the digital one anyway (against my better judgment). Well when I opened it, there was a certificate for renewing an UltraViolet version. I punched the code into VUDU and now have the digital item. So I am still giving this a 3-star rating because of the box. It is HIGHLY misleading.
11 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved this movie
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I laughed, I cried, I was back in the first game room in Anchorage at Jewel Lake Bowl in 1980 with all my friends and all the newest video games while watching this movie. My kids stared as I giggled, screamed at the screen, and I cheered when certain songs came on or a video game long dormant in my memory made an appearance in PIXELS. I want to be in a live version of DONKEY KONG. why hasn't anyone made this a reality show? seriously. I would watch that. I loved this movie. I miss making a night of it going to the arcade with my folks to play stand up video games. all the lights flashing, the music blaring, my folks were always terrible at the games but we had so much fun. This movie should have been marketed to those of us who were on the front lines of the video revolution. I had never heard of it till this year. if I could I would go back in time for one more night of Centipede, Ms. Pac Man, Galaga, Frogger, Donkey Kong, Stargate, with my brother, friends and my folks, circa 1980, anchorage Alaska, - thank you for Pixels, it brought up great memories and when I want to relive those I will pop in Pixels and go for a ride down memory lane. great family fun flick!
15 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Let the nerds take over!
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The start of this movie brought back a lot of nostalgia as a bunch of kids compete in a 1980s video game competition.

The premise of the film is that aliens have come to Earth to challenge in to three old video games for the future of the planet. America’s response? “Let the nerds take over!” It’s a very fun and original take on the alien invasion theme.

The cast is very good as well. Adam Sandler plays the old cynical video king who’s given a second chance in life. Kevin James is the bumbling president. Josh Gad is the nerd conspiracy theorist. Peter Dinklage is the egotist.
3 people found this helpful
Derek J HoReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's Centipede.
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Cool, this is pretty much how I escape from work. Play, beat the game, defeat the boss, enjoy that feeling. While you don't actually get to see the 'aliens' in this movie, but everything else seems believable. That alien appears directly under the spacecraft, is that Jim Carrey by chance? I like how they turn a one-dimensional game into 3D, not super awesome, but kind of awesome. There are two little details I dislike while watching. When Sam punches the wonder kid right out of the van in the middle of the road, it's over-reacted, and unnecessary. Then later, the wonder kid tries to thank Sam for being the best or cool buddy then all the sloppy wet kissing, is also totally unnecessary. Remember that old lady in the London apartment block doing workout while the Centipede destroying the building. I just want to ask, is she deaf? Totally 100% deaf. Let me skip to the ending, when Q-bert turns into Lady Lisa and later the wonder kid the two get married I assume and the result is a bunch of little Q-berts? That's kind of freaky, disturbing, goosebumps all over my skin, don't you think?
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H. Dunn-BarrReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie for KIds and Adults---
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I got this movie for my Grand Kids and watched with them. We loved it. Its a great idea. An Alien force finds the 1980's video games and thinks the Earth has declared war on them. But enter Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, etc to save the world. These guys are CHAMPIONS from the 1980's and they challenge the Aliens to matches playing Centipede, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong, etc. The winner will save the earth. It has great graphics and some of the funniest sets --- they use the gird of New York City streets to form a HUGE PAC-MAN GAME with VW Beetles transformed to knock down the Pac-man ....fun fun fun...
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Edward W. DuveyoungReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
At least one viewing necessary to suss out your incarnation on this planet
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4th time still had its charms. The CGI kept me with the film and even some of the story still worked for me. Yeah, I know, I know, Adam Sandler. Sue me. My inner schlub is the same age as his inner schlub, about 6 and a half years old, and he's a life-long major reminder of my dire psychological predicament.

Meanwhile, most youngsters should love this film, but some of the parts are only fitting for the entertainment sensibilities of a child who has not yet fully mastered language. Makes me squirm, yep, the "silly" can get painful, but I can't help watching Sandler's films...well, most of them.

But this one owns me as the bulk of the others do not.
6 people found this helpful
Mike Billington author of Murder in the Rainy SeasonReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
"Pixels" is a fun flick
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So it's not "Ghostbusters" for the 21st Century - although it shares the same sort of implausible story line and Dan Aykroyd does make a cameo appearance - but "Pixels" is great fun and I, for one, really enjoyed this "nerds-save-the-world" movie.
And that's not just because I once spent more than a few hours playing these classic video games with my son back in the day.
In truth, the plot is pretty thin but Adam Sandler, Kevin James and the rest of the cast make the most out of it; the music is great and so are the special effects.
This is a lighthearted movie with no pretensions; the kind of film designed to capture your attention with its visuals so if you're looking for great writing ala "On the Waterfront" don't waste your time or your money. That said, I have to admit that while this flick isn't going to win any Academy Awards for its dialogue there actually are some good lines in the movie - Michele Monaghan's rant about her soon-to-be-ex-husband's Pilates instructor girlfriend, is, for example, among them.
Director Chris Columbus keeps the film moving along at a nice pace, giving viewers an opportunity to enjoy the special effects without dwelling on them overmuch. In other words, he lets the actors act, not just serve as props to show off the CGI. In an era when CGI seems to dominate the film industry, I consider that a real plus.
Is it a classic?
No.
However, if you're just looking for something that will entertain you for a little while on a Friday night when you don't feel like going out, I think you'll find that "Pixels" fits the bill nicely.
3 people found this helpful
AmznAddictReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
The obscure references made me realize I'm a way bigger nerd than I thought
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In this day and age where every other big motion picture is a carbon copy adaptation of some young adult trilogy or some Marvel reboot, it is quite refreshing to see something different. This will tug at your nostalgic heartstrings if you were born in the 80s or earlier and were at all into video games as a kid. I love that the movie is accessible to a general audience but that there are some references in there that only hard core nerds will get. This is definitely not an Oscar worthy film- it is cheesy and has Adam Sandler in it. I don't like Kevin James as a Mall Cop but he's great as the President of the United States. Peter Dinklage is pretty amazing in this too. This movie feels like a bunch of friends got together and had fun filming it.

Overall: It's a stupid movie but it's great for if you just want to watch something silly at home or feel like a kid again.
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