Pixels Tuesday, 31 March 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes, violence, coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    It's on like Donkey Kong.

  • Starring:

    Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Matt Lintz, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Jane Krakowski, Dan Aykroyd

  • Directed by:

    Chris Columbus

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Characters are attacked by animated creatures, pixellated, shot with laser guns, eaten/swallowed, threatened/hit with objects, punched, thrown from a moving vehicle, slapped, knocked over, maimed, shown in prison cuffs/chains, kicked, flattened, disintegrated. People play a violent video game where characters are shot, stabbed, grabbed/attacked. Sword-fighting (ninjas). Military bases, vehicles, aircraft, soldiers. Explosions, shattered glass, damaged/burning vehicles/buildings/objects, mass panic. Major landmarks damaged/destroyed. Dangerous driving, car driven into water, vehicle collisions, vehicles crushed/totalled. Petty theft. TV news footage of arrests. Yelling, screaming, arguing. Shooting the US president, advanced weapons testing, JFK/Zapruder, phone tapping, bankruptcy, hacking, killing mentioned. A military man declares that Russia, Iran and Google should be blown up. Blood/gore: Missing/pixellated body parts. Blood spatter/wounds on violent video game. Blood of innocent children mentioned. A man has a clear robotic head; inner workings of the machinery is visible.


    Kissing, flirting, ogling, bum-slapping. Skimpy clothing/costumes/evening wear, swimwear/gymwear, cleavage, bare midriffs, hairy bum crack, cartoon image of a shirtless male. Hugging/kissing men (accusation/derogatory implication of homosexuality). Sexually suggestive dancing. Cheating spouses, dancing in underwear/naked, being a virgin mentioned. Sexual innuendo, threesome references.


    Bottle of chloroform. Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne, spirits, shots, cocktails). Dorm room drug party, (magic) mushrooms, roofies, drugging mentioned.


    S-words, a-words, b*tch, cr*p, butt, bad mother--, bloody. Name-calling, derogatory term for women. Gender, cultural, racial stereotypes and references/mild racism, misogyny. Religious references and exclamations. Poop, vomit mentioned.


    Planetary invasion, UFOs, conspiracy, championships, patterns, Galaga, Pacman, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Q*bert, Tetris, Burger Time, arcade gaming, cheating, nerds, infidelity.


    Divorce, cheating husband/father mentioned. Prison setting. Engagement. Helicopters. Frog, gorilla, ostriches, flying creatures, centipedes, dog, duck. Urination. Brief Hindi language (subtitles). Brief Japanese language (no subtitles). Based on the short film Pixels by Patrick Jean.


    Cheesy, CGI-intensive, competent. Fantastic/goofy premise, eye-catching 3D, eighties nostalgic, mostly kid-friendly, reasonably fleet, a few genuinely funny moments, witty touches, fun cameos, adorable retro introduction, thrilling Donkey Kong scene, Peter Dinklage is hilarious.


    One-note, lazy, dim-witted. Average performances/special effects, weak script, most gags fall flat, a bit tame for adults/not enough fun for kids, Sandler's hot-woman-falls-for-nerd and aggressive-self-pity plotlines are getting tiresome.

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