Saw It For You: Pixels (2015)

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PIXELS

Pixels (2015)

Synopsis. When aliens mistake pre-1983 video games as proclamations of war, it’s up to Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and probably the rest of the cast of Grown-Ups to save the world.

Tagline. Grab your joysticks, it’s video and computer game time… for Planet Earth! 

Running time. 55 mins

Trivia

  • Director Chris Columbus on the origin of Pixels: “Sandler came to me with an idea. He said, ‘what if I made a movie that showed my grandkids I’ve heard of very old video games?'”
  • Other than projectionists, no one knows whether or not this movie was actually made.
  • Focus groups had difficulty screening Pixels to test audiences, as most viewers were certain they had already seen it. Although the movie did not exist prior to 2014, many audience members were even able to recall jokes verbatim.
  • The special effects to create the real-world video game enemies are from the iPhone app “GamifyMe” ($2.99, released 2011).
  •  To cut costs, Ms. Pac-Man’s role was played by Pac-Man wearing a bow.
  • Early-release posters, instead of the current tagline, featured the words “Real Movie!” in a sunburst.
  • Before each set piece, a character was required to exclaim the name of the game attacking, for the benefit of audience members under 45 years of age.
  • Due to his experiences on set, Donkey Kong refused to do press for the film.
  • Production was frequently delayed due to Adam Sandler’s career repeatedly ending.

Mistakes

  • Mistaken identities. Twenty minutes into the movie, the cast stops referring to one another by their character names and just uses their actual ones.
  • Adam Sandler’s triumphant line “We did it! We stopped the Arcadriax!” did not contain a seven-second yawn in the script; Sandler ad-libbed it.
  • Incorrectly regarded as goof. In the theatrical edit, a scene was cut from early in the film explaining why the characters are so very old and tired and just going through the motions.
  • The government cover-up of the presence of invading pixelated beings is repeatedly referred to as “Gamergate.”
  • Continuity. In many scenes Kevin James inexplicably has a mustache, likely due to the concurrent filming of Paul Blart: Video Game Cop.
  • After the first encounter with the Centipede, the woman character has a line of dialogue that is not exposition.
  • Kevin James’ character is President of the United States, but he would be ineligible for office after admitting he was “born on an ice floe.”
  • Josh Gad’s role was edited to better fit the story after director Columbus realized he had in fact been hired to be one of the four main characters. Originally Columbus thought he was “a very uncooperative extra.”
  • Adam Sandler’s dentures fall out on multiple occasions, which could have been easily corrected with the use of Super Poligrip®.
  • Super Poligrip® paid $3 million for product placement in the film, but the Super Poligrip® Mobile Gaming Command Hangout only appears briefly before sinking into the Southern Ocean.
  • Dogs cannot see color and would not be able to solo the final round of the 1980 arcade classic Is This Red or Green.
  • During the confrontation on the roof of the arcade, the zipper on Kevin James’ back is clearly visible.
  • Instead of “The End,” the end title reads “Movie Not Finished.”

Memorable Quotes

Adam Sandler. Movie begin. So you’re saying only the world’s best video gamer can beat these aliens?
Government scientist. That’s right. And that’s you.
Adam Sandler. But I haven’t been a world video champion since 1983! Now let’s do the montage.

Asian businessman. Oh no! “Lun” for your “rives!” “Godzirra!” 
Kevin James. 
Get a load of this character! It’s like from Godzilla or something!

Kevin James. As President, I’m signing an executive order… to shit my pants! 
Adam Sandler. That one’s good, we’ll use that one.

Adam Sandler. With the Arcadriax defeated, there will never again be… Pixels.

  • Joebob

    If they just marketed it as the sequel to The Wizard, people might actually see it.

  • dasmb

    "movie begin"

    • "Looks like THIS guy needs a toilet! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! . . . . Movie end."

      *Camera continues to roll another 12 minutes as the crew strikes the set*

  • Slimeking Mike

    If you die in the hastily-produced Adam Sandler movie, you die in real life!

  • Connor_Rosine

    After seeing this post, I watched the trailer for this movie. What's it called when you throw up so much that you lose 3 inches of height?

    • darkmayo

      Jack and Jill

  • mrmoth

    I had to check imdb, but it turns out this IS a real movie! I… I honestly wasn't sure.

  • Leave it to Adam Sandler to take a funny video, and ruin the humour in it by trying to turn it into a Comedy…

  • Crew or Equipment Visible: Youtube annotations overlap the screen throughout the movie.

  • Ben

    I saw the preview for this last night. This movie looks like hot, hot garbage.

  • BostonSean

    one more piece of Trivia:
    Adam Sandler caught a re-run of Futuramma: anthology of interest and thought, hey that 8 minute short would make a great 90 minute movie

  • Alternate Taglines

    "This summer, Adam Sandler and Kevin James are…PIXELS."

    "Video Gamers…Are about to become Video HEROES."

    Trivia
    • The movie is set in Paris, France because, in Sandler's own words, he "wanted a free trip to Paris."
    • Sandler had not read the script prior to signing on to this movie.
    • Sandler still had not read the script at the time of the filming of this movie.
    • 23 minutes of the runtime is devoted to an Adobe slideshow of Adam Sandler and Kevin James's vacation photos.
    • Rob Schneider's scenes as the Pong Man were cut, despite his insistence that he wanted the 'sweet taste of the limelight, one last time'.
    • A great deal of the fight sequences were done as single takes of the actors shadowboxing for several minutes, and their pixelated opponents were supposed to be added in through computer-generated imagery. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, this was never done.

    Mistakes
    • Paris, France is not the 'Video Game capital of the world'.
    • When Mario and Luigi(played by William Shatner and Denzel Washington in two uncredited cameos) are telling the President that they retired a long time ago after he asks them to come back for one last job, they refer to their archenemy as the 'Giant Turtle Monster Thing'. This character's name is King Koopa, or Bowser.
    • It would be impossible for the Pac-Monster to devour the statue of liberty, as the movie is set in Paris, France.
    • Throughout the movie, Adam Sandler repeatedly says his character's catchphrase, "Game On", incorrectly: he instead says it as "Game Down", "It's Gamin' Time", "That Extra's Blocking My Damn Light", and "Pixels? More Like Shit-xels".

    Memorable Quotes

    EMPEROR PIXELON. The only way to stop the Arcadriax, Adam Sandler, is to defeat me…In a game of chess.
    ADAM SANDLER. It's gamin' time.

    PRESIDENT KEVIN JAMES. (shooting asteroids) Four score and seven years ago…I kick your pixelated ass.

  • bonjovifriday

    I'm pretty sure this entire movie was covered in one of the "What if machine" episodes of Futurama.

    • Kasran

      Anthology of Interest II, if you're curious what the precise episode was.

  • Be sure to keep an eye out for these cameo appearances!
    • Professional videogamer Billy Mitchell as Angry Barista
    • Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford as Third Man on Bus
    • Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima as Impassive Sadist
    • Unachievable goalsetter Peter Molyneux as Twitchy Hobo
    • YouTube sensation Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg as Shrieking Norseman
    • Former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi's reanimated corpse as Archlich Cadaverlord

  • NunyaBidness

    Shrug. I'll watch it.

    Sorry to go against the mob.

  • brainwashed by sony

    My favourite part of the trailer was the subliminal ad for their mobile game.

  • targetbuddy

    Is… is this a real thing, or did I accidentally take peyote again?

    • Hagrok

      Yes.

  • Jeff Keys

    "Although the movie did not exist prior to 2014, many audience members were even able to recall jokes verbatim."

    The joke here is great, but the more I think about it, the more this starts to feel like an SCP object. Was that intentional?! I'm picturing test subjects in a trance, muttering flatly along with every vomit joke and misfired attempt at relevancy.

  • Those jokes were verbatim. Just a totally verbatim experience.

  • Mialere

    "Dogs cannot see color and would not be able to solo the final round of the 1980 arcade classic Is This Red or Green."

    actually, the dogs can see colors, but just some color
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corne

    sorry for bringing this, I can't resist comment on some myths :C