Pixels Movie Review: Discover Your Inner Video Game Hero

By 7/24/2015 12:20:00 PM

The Pixels Movie is now in theaters and I highly suggest that families go see it this weekend. In part because of the storyline. Who hasn't dreamed of saving the world by playing a video game?!

Pixels Movie Review - Mommy Factor

Note: I was invited as media by Sony to the press screening. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Pixels Movie Review - Mommy Factor
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But more then the "save the world from alien invasion while gaming" storyline, it's the insane humor that will make Pixels a summer blockbusters. The laughs start with the childhood flash backs of awkward boys discovering their love of video games to the flash-forward of these same group of guys all grown and dealing with real life...but still awkward.

But the awkwardness is part of the charm of the movie. We've all gone through childhood with awkwardness until we discover a hobby, skill or talent that empowered us to face childhood and life.

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In Pixels, it's Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler) talent of playing video games that comes in very handy to save the day. I enjoyed seeing into the mind of a gamer and then seeing how you can bring a game to life.

The mix of CGI video game characters and real life action scene was awesome! It was great to see video games I grew up with come to life on screen. I love how each video game had it's own mini plot and we had to discover (along with Sam and his team) how to defeat the game in real life.

While the nostalgic video games will be the main reason to see Pixel, I think the creative story telling along with great humor will make it a stand out movie this summer. Go see it!


As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades.

Now, they’re going to have to do it for real.

In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults -- and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders.

Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

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