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This past summer, the Adam Sandler-fronted Pixels was not terribly well received, either by critics or fans. Though it ultimately made $244 million, only $78 million of that came from the domestic market, and reviews were generally not very kind (our own critic, however, rather adored the video game-centric comedy), and it's up for a number of Razzies. As you probably could have guessed, the folks over at Cinema Sins have set their sights on Pixels for one of their ubiquitous "Everything Wrong With…" videos, and this one is both brutal and quite extensive. Hope you have some time to spare.
If you’re familiar with Cinema Sins and their product, you probably already know exactly what you’re getting into, but this particular video is something of a behemoth. Clocking in at 20 minutes long, they take Pixels to task every which way you can imagine. At this point you can also probably guess about the kinds of things they’ll point out as "sins," though the line "80s nostalgia boner demons" is pretty much gold.
There are a number of curious things to question in Pixels, however, like how the President of the United States, played by Kevin James (though Donald Trump may very well be President soon, and Ronald Reagan was an actor before his political career, so who are we to say that James can’t be President?), just hangs out in bars with his childhood pal, shooting the shit. I do agree that it would make far more sense to have his buddy over for cocktails at the White House instead of shutting down an entire block. Then again, this is a movie about aliens that invade Earth by taking on the guise of classic arcade games, so perhaps there are bigger plausibility concerns to contend with. But don’t worry, this video gets there, too.
For those of you who have a short memory, or who simply decided to sit this one out, Pixels tells the story of Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), a 1980s arcade prodigy who has, in his adult life, fallen short of his former glories. However, he gets a chance to shine and put his particular set of skills to the test when the aforementioned aliens use the likes of Pac-Man, Centipede, Space Invaders, and other classic video games to invade Earth—they interpreted a message of peace broadcast into the cosmos as a declaration of war. Sam must team with his former rival, Eddie Plant (Peter Dinklage), and awkward genius Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), to destroy the pixelated aggressors and save the day. He also gets the girl in the process, despite, as this video points out, the fact that he’s kind of a creepy dick to her, but this is a movie after all.