How can a movie involving aliens in the form of retro video game characters such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Centipede taking over the world not get you hyped up? Pixels, the latest from Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone 1 & 2, Harry Potter 1 & 2, Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief), isn’t the worst Adam Sandler movie I’ve ever seen. But it’s far from good. It feels like it takes forever to get to the action, while I’m sitting there watching Sandler doing his usual shtick. Even though it is the least offensive out of all of the movie he’s starred in, he’s just spewing out lazy-ass jokes that are intended to be funny. Almost every single joke leans toward the stale side. There are a few parts in which I chuckled (but didn’t laugh-out-loud); particularly Josh Gad. He plays the nerd who has a crush on a fictional video game character named Lady Lisa in an amusing but kind of creepy scenario. So much so he creates a flip book about the two making out. Once the action starts, it’s a lot of fun. The visuals are great, the action is clever (especially when Pac-Man takes over NYC by storm), and the ’80s soundtrack is pretty awesome. A lot of people are complaining that Pixels rips off an episode of Futurama, which I understand. If the movie came out in the early 2000s, it would actually be pretty damn good.