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Pixels (2015)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 24 July 2015 (USA)
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When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.


Chris Columbus


Tim Herlihy (screenplay), Timothy Dowling (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Brenner
Kevin James ... President Will Cooper
Michelle Monaghan ... Violet
Peter Dinklage ... Eddie
Josh Gad ... Ludlow Lamonsoff
Matt Lintz ... Matty Van Patten
Brian Cox ... Admiral Porter
Sean Bean ... Corporal Hill (SAS Officer)
Jane Krakowski ... First Lady Jane Cooper
Dan Aykroyd ... 1982 Championship MC
Affion Crockett ... Sergeant Dylan Cohan
Lainie Kazan ... Mickey Lamonsoff
Ashley Benson ... Lady Lisa
Denis Akiyama ... Professor Iwatani
Tom McCarthy ... Michael the Robot


Sam has been one of the best arcade gamers of his time. Once in an international tournament NASA sent the video recording of all the games to space for intelligent beings to find and know more about humans. However the aliens interpreted the games as a challenge and began attacking Earth using the video game data. It's now up to Sam and other old time arcade game champions to save the Earth from the video game alien invasion. Written by Keith Francis

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

RatPG-13 for some language and suggestive comments | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This was Adam Sandler's last theatrically released film. Netflix will release his next four films. See more »


The aliens seem to want to play fair and are unhappy when the humans cheat by using cheat codes. However, they do not give the humans any method of participating in the game to defeat them. Or do they? The government learned how to fight aliens by studying some "cubes" that the aliens just left lying around Guam, even though the attackers themselves were pure energy. Perhaps they did it deliberately, to give humans a fighting chance. In any case, since the aliens believe the humans declared war on them, they must believe that humans already know how to fight back and don't need any help. See more »


Sam Brenner: For the record, I'm an amazing kisser. All us nerds are, cause we appreciate it more.
Violet: You didn't even brush your teeth this morning!
Sam Brenner: I ate a Tic Tac!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits re-run a synopsis of the movie in 8-bit style. See more »


References Arkanoid (1986) See more »


It Had To Be You
Written by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn
Produced by Kevin Grady
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User Reviews

Innocent special effects romp is highly enjoyable
14 February 2019 | by robertemeraldSee all my reviews

I guess the the way to describe this movie is Ghostbusters lit up in neon. Please see it just for the cgi, it's awesome. If you have the dvd look for the short on how they created one of the cute characters. The comedy is snappy, almost witty, and yet nothing new, but it works. You'll smile rather than laugh out loud. The story is absurd, which is exactly what we pay Hollywood for, and with this one they've outdone themselves. There's a classic chase. There's a great cameo appearance. There's a cleverly worded love affair. There's a great homage to nerds of the 1980s and overall, I thought, a really whacky satire of big budget invasion movies. It's just such fun.

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Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office


$88,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,011,616, 26 July 2015

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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