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Adam Sandler Fights Classic Video Game Characters in ‘Pixels’ Trailer

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See Pac-Man and Donkey Kong come to life in alien invasion comedy

Adam Sandler Fights Classic Video Game Characters in ‘Pixels’ Trailer

Alien invasion movies are a dime a dozen these days. But what if the aliens are classic video game characters like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong? That’s the premise of Pixels, a comedy where Adam Sandler and Kevin James battle an army of pixelated video game characters that have come to take over the earth.

The newly released trailer starts out with an attempt to explain the film’s bizarre premise. Apparently, in 1982, we sent a capsule filled with 80s cultural references to contact other intelligent life forms. The aliens interpreted our message as a declaration of war and have taken the forms of 80s video game characters to invade us.

From there, we get impressive visuals of video game characters invading earth. Pac-Man chomps his way through the streets of New York. Donkey Kong throws barrels, scaring Kevin James' character. Other video game characters attack landmarks like the Taj Majal and the Washington Monument. Everything they destroy crumbles into tiny pixels.

(The film was based on the 2010 viral video Pixels, which shows pixelated video game characters wreaking havoc on New York City.)

Joining Sandler and James as the last hopes for humanity are Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage, who’s sporting a mullet for some reason. Together, they battle video game characters like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and Caterpillar.

Critics will be quick to dismiss this film as another stupid Adam Sandler movie, but Pixels reminds me of a sci-fi classic: Ghostbusters. Both films feature a ragtag team defending the world from bizarre, supernatural forces. And like Ghostbusters, Pixels takes the invaders’ threat seriously but always keeps the tone humorous and never too dark.

Will Pixels flop like recent Adam Sandler films Blended and That’s My Boy? Or will its use of popular video game characters turn it into a box office smash, like Wreck-It Ralph? We’ll find out when Pixels opens in theaters on July 24. 

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