Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

'Pixels' Worth Seeing

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

'Pixels' Worth Seeing

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"Let the nerds take over. This is an official order handed down by President Cooper (Kevin James) during an alien invasion where earth is being attacked by extraterrestrial life in the form of 1980s arcade games. In "Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus, the 40- something self-described losers who spent too much time at the arcade are the ones who will inherit the earth - led by their benevolent leader, Adam Sandler, of course. Sandler plays Sam Brennan, a video game whiz kid we meet in a 1982 prologue with his best friend Chewy, the one who inexplicably grows up to lead the free world - somehow the giant Pac-Man chomping through New York City requires less suspension of disbelief. Sam, his confidence destroyed after losing to Eddie "Fireblaster in the "Donkey Kong world championships, hasn't gone as far as his pal. He's ended up as a self-deprecating, aw-shucks, but defensive employee of the Nerd Brigade, installing Playstations.

When a mysterious alien invasion that looks eerily similar to "Galaga hits a military base, President Cooper has no choice but to call in his big guns: Sam, and their conspiracy theorist wing nut childhood pal Ludlow (Josh Gad). …

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