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}}'''''Pixels''''' is a 2015 American-Chinese science fiction action comedy film co-produced and directed by Chris Columbus and written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, from a story by Herlihy. A feature-length adaptation of French director Patrick Jean's 2010 short film of the same name, the film stars Adam Sandler (who also co-produced the film), Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, Sean Bean and Jane Krakowski.
 
}}'''''Pixels''''' is a 2015 American-Chinese science fiction action comedy film co-produced and directed by Chris Columbus and written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, from a story by Herlihy. A feature-length adaptation of French director Patrick Jean's 2010 short film of the same name, the film stars Adam Sandler (who also co-produced the film), Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, Sean Bean and Jane Krakowski.
  
It is the final live-action theatrical movie to have Adam Sandler involved in production.
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''Pixels'' is the final live-action theatrical movie to have Adam Sandler involved in production.
  
 
== Synopsis ==  
 
== Synopsis ==  
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== Bad Qualities ==
 
== Bad Qualities ==
'''WARNING: Do not put anything among the lines of "it's an Adam Sandler movie" here'''
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'''''Warning: Do not put anything among the lines of "It's an Adam Sandler movie" here.'''''
  
#It is pretty much a generic-game crossover movie that it has too many fan services, especially when the movie has a lot of appearances from every video game character. While fan service may be a good thing, it sometimes makes the movie feels a bit rushed.
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#It is pretty much a generic game crossover movie with far too much fan service, especially when the movie has a lot of appearances from several video game characters. While fan service may be a good thing, it sometimes makes the movie feels a bit rushed.
#The biggest problem with the movie that the film itself is very underwhelming in the first place, mainly because the idea of aliens attacking Earth with video games is such a good premise, but the execution was horrible.
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#The biggest problem with the movie is that the film itself is very underwhelming in the first place, mainly because the idea of aliens attacking Earth with video games is such a good premise, but the execution was horrible.
#Another big problem and criticism is that its premise takes elements from a {{Best|Futurama}} episode titled ''Anthology of Interest II''.
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#Another big problem and criticism is that its premise takes elements from the {{Best|Futurama}} episode "Anthology of Interest II".
#The movie can get very flat at times.
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#The film is rather overloaded with far too many ideas, especially for a game crossover movie.
#It has too many ideas for a game-crossover movie.
 
 
#Poor attempts at humor, like Q*bert urinating after seeing Donkey Kong.
 
#Poor attempts at humor, like Q*bert urinating after seeing Donkey Kong.
#Blatant product placements much like many other Happy Madison films, such as YooHoo! drinks in the beginning, and when Sam feeds Q*bert UTZ Cheese Balls.
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#Much like many other Happy Madison films, the film has an overuse of blatant product placement, particularly YooHoo! drinks in the beginning, as well as UTZ Cheese Balls, the latter of which is fed to Q*bert by Sam.
#'''False Advertising''': On the poster, Pac-Man is seen in San Francisco. However, in the movie, he is seen in New York. Also, there aren't any scenes that take place in San Francisco.
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#'''False advertising''': On the poster, Pac-Man is seen in San Francisco. However, in the movie, he is seen in New York. Not only that, there are no scenes in the film at all that take place in San Francisco.
# Unlikable characters such as Eddie Plant, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Sam Brenner. In fact, Brenner's teen version is more likable than him as an adult.
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# Several characters such as Eddie Plant, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Sam Brenner are unlikable. In fact, Brenner as a teenager is more likable than him as an adult.
# Adam Sandler and Kevin James' performances are weak, as they show little to no expression.
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# Weak performances. Particularly, Adam Sandler and Kevin James show little to no expression.
# Poorly written script and dialogue that feels like it was written by a writer who's addicted to video games or a 13 year old.
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# The script feels like it was written by either a thirteen year old or someone who is addicted to video games.
# The movie has quite a few errors. For example, classic arcade Donkey Kong and Pac-Man didn't have cheat codes, meaning Eddie couldn't have cheated.
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# '''Inaccuracy:''' Classic arcade Donkey Kong and Pac-Man didn't have cheat codes, so Eddie logically couldn't have been able to cheat.
# Quotes that make no sense like, "You smell so nice like the book of Genesis."
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# Laughable dialogue, particularly "You smell so nice like the book of Genesis."
# '''The ending.''' To put it simply, Ludlow fell in love with Lady Lisa, but in the ending, Lady Lisa gets returned to the mothership, so Q*bert transforms into Lady Lisa, and they get married. This suggests that women are nothing more than prizes to be won, as Eddie Plant's prize for saving the world? Get his wish, a three-way between him, Martha Stewart and Serena Williams, and Sam's prize being to make out with Violet.
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# In the ending, Lady Lisa, whom Ludlow fell in love with, gets returned to the mothership, so Q*bert transforms into Lady Lisa, and they get married. This suggests that women are nothing more than prizes to be won, as Eddie Plant's prize for saving the world? Get his wish, a three-way between him, Martha Stewart and Serena Williams, with Sam's prize being to make out with Violet.
#* The transformation made so little sense, that even Sam Brenner (Sandler's character) questions it.
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#* Q*bert's transformation into Lady Lisa made so little sense, that even Sam Brenner questions it.
# Very weak and generic alien attack plot. You could take out Adam Sandler and his friends and virtually nothing would be different.
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# The film is just another generic story where aliens invade the Earth and our heroes have to stop them. You could take out Sam Brenner, his friends, and the video game elements and virtually nothing about the premise would be different.
# Not only is Admiral Porter (Brian Cox's character) a weak secondary villain, but he was also unnecessary, as the movie is already two thirds in.
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# Not only is Admiral Porter a weak secondary villain, but he was also unnecessary, as the movie has already been two-thirds in by that point.
# ''Plot hole'': Why couldn't Brenner just explain the patterns to the S.E.A.L soldiers?
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# For some reason Brenner, doesn't simply explain the patterns to the S.E.A.L. soldiers.
# Our main characters have virtually no chemistry with one another.
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# There is virtually no chemistry between any of the main characters.
  
 
== Good Qualities ==
 
== Good Qualities ==
 
# It brings up an interesting question; what if aliens misinterpreted a signal we sent them as a declaration of war?
 
# It brings up an interesting question; what if aliens misinterpreted a signal we sent them as a declaration of war?
 
# The scene where Toru Iwatani tries to reunite with Pac-Man is a touching moment
 
# The scene where Toru Iwatani tries to reunite with Pac-Man is a touching moment
# The soundtrack is good, with a nice rendition of "We Will Rock You", as well as Game On (the song that plays during the credits).
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# The soundtrack is good, with a nice rendition of ''We Will Rock You'', as well as ''Game On'' (the song that plays during the credits).
 
# To add to that, the credits are decently animated in 8-bit
 
# To add to that, the credits are decently animated in 8-bit
# The visuals and CGI for the arcade characters are very neat, even in 2015 standards, which makes for pretty good action.
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# The visuals and CGI for the arcade characters are very neat, even by 2015 standards, which makes for pretty good action.
#* Besides Q*bert urinating, the Donkey Kong scene, in particular, is amazing.
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#* Besides Q*bert urinating, the Donkey Kong scene, in particular is amazing.
 
#Even if the movie completely wastes their talents, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan give good performances.
 
#Even if the movie completely wastes their talents, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan give good performances.
 
#The actual Toru Iwatani (the real creator of Pac-Man; this time not portrayed by Denis Akiyama) makes a cameo in the opening flashback as an arcade repairman.
 
#The actual Toru Iwatani (the real creator of Pac-Man; this time not portrayed by Denis Akiyama) makes a cameo in the opening flashback as an arcade repairman.
#The movie can have its moments, like Ludlow yelling at US soldiers or Toru Iwatani getting his hand bitten off.
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#The movie can have its moments (eg. Ludlow yelling at US soldiers or Toru Iwatani getting his hand bitten off).
 
# Even as weak as he was, Admiral Porter's revelation was shocking.
 
# Even as weak as he was, Admiral Porter's revelation was shocking.
  
 
== Reception ==
 
== Reception ==
 
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''Pixels'' received negative reviews from critics with the main criticism being aimed towards Adam Sandler's performance and the characters. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 17%, with 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." while audiences gave it a 46%. It currently holds a 5.5 on IMDb. On Metacritic, the film holds a 27/100 indicating "generally unfavorable reviews" and holds a 1.9 on Letterboxd.  
''Pixels'' received negative reviews from critics who criticized the humor, Adam Sandler's performance, and characters. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie holds a 17%, with 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.", while audiences gave it a 46%. It currently holds a 5.5 on IMDb, a 27 on Metacritic, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews" and 1.9 on Letterboxd.  
 
  
 
Scores from audiences were more mixed, with a 5.1 Metacritic score and 47% Rotten Tomatoes score.
 
Scores from audiences were more mixed, with a 5.1 Metacritic score and 47% Rotten Tomatoes score.
  
Due to the negative feedback, and being released when [[Minions]] and {{Greatest|Jurassic World}} were dominating the box office, the film was a box office bomb, and ultimately killed Happy Madison Productions' theatrical days, and moved to Netflix.
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Due to the negative feedback, and being released when [[Minions]] and {{Greatest|Jurassic World}} were dominating the box office the film was a box office bomb and ultimately killed Happy Madison Productions' theatrical days and moved to Netflix.
  
 
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"But, seriously, could Pixels really mean “game over” for his career?"

The Atlantic


Pixels

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"Pac-Man's a bad guy?"
Genre: Action
Comedy
Sci-Fi
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Produced by: Adam Sandler
Chris Columbus
Mark Radcliffe
Allen Covert
Written by: Tim Herlihy
Starring: Adam Sandler
Kevin James
Michelle Monaghan
Peter Dinklage
Josh Gad
Brian Cox
Cinematography: Amir Mokri
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing
Runtime: 106 minutes
Country: United States
China
Language: English
Budget: $88-128 million
Box office: $244.9 million

Pixels is a 2015 American-Chinese science fiction action comedy film co-produced and directed by Chris Columbus and written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, from a story by Herlihy. A feature-length adaptation of French director Patrick Jean's 2010 short film of the same name, the film stars Adam Sandler (who also co-produced the film), Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, Sean Bean and Jane Krakowski.

Pixels is the final live-action theatrical movie to have Adam Sandler involved in production.

Synopsis

After aliens misinterpret classic feeds of arcade video games as a declaration of war, they attack Earth in the form of Galaga, Space InvadersAGW, CentipedeAGW, Pac-ManAGW and Donkey KongAGW, so the president calls his best friend to save the world.

Bad Qualities

Warning: Do not put anything among the lines of "It's an Adam Sandler movie" here.

  1. It is pretty much a generic game crossover movie with far too much fan service, especially when the movie has a lot of appearances from several video game characters. While fan service may be a good thing, it sometimes makes the movie feels a bit rushed.
  2. The biggest problem with the movie is that the film itself is very underwhelming in the first place, mainly because the idea of aliens attacking Earth with video games is such a good premise, but the execution was horrible.
  3. Another big problem and criticism is that its premise takes elements from the FuturamaBTSW episode "Anthology of Interest II".
  4. The film is rather overloaded with far too many ideas, especially for a game crossover movie.
  5. Poor attempts at humor, like Q*bert urinating after seeing Donkey Kong.
  6. Much like many other Happy Madison films, the film has an overuse of blatant product placement, particularly YooHoo! drinks in the beginning, as well as UTZ Cheese Balls, the latter of which is fed to Q*bert by Sam.
  7. False advertising: On the poster, Pac-Man is seen in San Francisco. However, in the movie, he is seen in New York. Not only that, there are no scenes in the film at all that take place in San Francisco.
  8. Several characters such as Eddie Plant, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Sam Brenner are unlikable. In fact, Brenner as a teenager is more likable than him as an adult.
  9. Weak performances. Particularly, Adam Sandler and Kevin James show little to no expression.
  10. The script feels like it was written by either a thirteen year old or someone who is addicted to video games.
  11. Inaccuracy: Classic arcade Donkey Kong and Pac-Man didn't have cheat codes, so Eddie logically couldn't have been able to cheat.
  12. Laughable dialogue, particularly "You smell so nice like the book of Genesis."
  13. In the ending, Lady Lisa, whom Ludlow fell in love with, gets returned to the mothership, so Q*bert transforms into Lady Lisa, and they get married. This suggests that women are nothing more than prizes to be won, as Eddie Plant's prize for saving the world? Get his wish, a three-way between him, Martha Stewart and Serena Williams, with Sam's prize being to make out with Violet.
    • Q*bert's transformation into Lady Lisa made so little sense, that even Sam Brenner questions it.
  14. The film is just another generic story where aliens invade the Earth and our heroes have to stop them. You could take out Sam Brenner, his friends, and the video game elements and virtually nothing about the premise would be different.
  15. Not only is Admiral Porter a weak secondary villain, but he was also unnecessary, as the movie has already been two-thirds in by that point.
  16. For some reason Brenner, doesn't simply explain the patterns to the S.E.A.L. soldiers.
  17. There is virtually no chemistry between any of the main characters.

Good Qualities

  1. It brings up an interesting question; what if aliens misinterpreted a signal we sent them as a declaration of war?
  2. The scene where Toru Iwatani tries to reunite with Pac-Man is a touching moment
  3. The soundtrack is good, with a nice rendition of We Will Rock You, as well as Game On (the song that plays during the credits).
  4. To add to that, the credits are decently animated in 8-bit
  5. The visuals and CGI for the arcade characters are very neat, even by 2015 standards, which makes for pretty good action.
    • Besides Q*bert urinating, the Donkey Kong scene, in particular is amazing.
  6. Even if the movie completely wastes their talents, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan give good performances.
  7. The actual Toru Iwatani (the real creator of Pac-Man; this time not portrayed by Denis Akiyama) makes a cameo in the opening flashback as an arcade repairman.
  8. The movie can have its moments (eg. Ludlow yelling at US soldiers or Toru Iwatani getting his hand bitten off).
  9. Even as weak as he was, Admiral Porter's revelation was shocking.

Reception

Pixels received negative reviews from critics with the main criticism being aimed towards Adam Sandler's performance and the characters. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 17%, with 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." while audiences gave it a 46%. It currently holds a 5.5 on IMDb. On Metacritic, the film holds a 27/100 indicating "generally unfavorable reviews" and holds a 1.9 on Letterboxd.

Scores from audiences were more mixed, with a 5.1 Metacritic score and 47% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Due to the negative feedback, and being released when Minions and Jurassic WorldGMW were dominating the box office the film was a box office bomb and ultimately killed Happy Madison Productions' theatrical days and moved to Netflix.

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Harrison Dye

one month ago
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I used to love this movie.
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
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I used to really want to see it. But my interest died to the point I even forgot it existed!
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HellLord

one month ago
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I liked it too, it’s a shame that the film killed the live action big screen career of Adam Sandler though as he moved on into Netflix with the exceptions of Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3
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Mr. Dready

one month ago
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This movie was Directed by Chris Columbus, The same guy who Directed Home Alone 1 & 2 and Mrs. Doubtfire, Much better movies.
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LeroyManTheFirst

6 days ago
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And the first two Harry Potter films.
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Transit Vultran

one month ago
Score 1
How Pixels is so bad? I thought this movie was good.
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
Score 4
It's not so bad, it's average on this wiki. A lot of users here like EijiZeBoi and Masson enjoyed it.
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Spongebuff1991

one month ago
Score 0
I enjoy it as well.
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Roblistic

one month ago
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As not so good as his performance was, Josh Gad was pretty funny.
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
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Yeah, sorta
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
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And so was Peter Dinklage sorta
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Spongebuff1991

one month ago
Score 0
I like it.
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
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I really wanted to see it when I was younger.
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Theblazemaster4

one month ago
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Wreck-It Ralph + Men in Black + Ghostbusters + Adam Sandler = Pixels
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NintenDylan64

20 days ago
Score 0
When I first watched this movie, I liked it because of the video game references, but looking back it's not good.
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The Kill Counter

16 days ago
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gAmE oN
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LeroyManTheFirst

6 days ago
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If you want to see a better movie with video game references, go see Free Guy this year
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TheSwagSceptile

4 days ago
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The only reason why I love this movie is because it’s about video games in real life and Lady Lisa falls in love with Ludlow in the end which if you think about it, this shows that happy madison supports the waifu/husbando community which is good since we finally get to see waifus and husbandos get supported for once instead of LGBTQ+ getting pretty much everything while everyone lets people call others with waifus/husbandos ‘mentally ill’. And I hope we get to see other companies supporting the waifu/husbando community in the future since I’m basically a member of the waifu/husbando community.

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