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Videogames have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has given me some of my fondest memories. Adam Sandler brings us a movie about old school games and the gamers that grew up with them using their skills to save the world. It seems like a great premise for a film and a fantastic way to capitalize on nostalgia. Unfortunately I was not impressed.                        Videogames have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has given me some of my fondest memories. Adam…

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Maybe they should hit the reset button on this one.

Summary : Adam Sandler brings us a movie about old school games and the gamers that grew up with them using their skills to save the world.

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Videogames have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has given me some of my fondest memories. Adam Sandler brings us a movie about old school games and the gamers that grew up with them using their skills to save the world. It seems like a great premise for a film and a fantastic way to capitalize on nostalgia. Unfortunately I was not impressed.                        Videogames have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. It has given me some of my fondest memories. Adam Sandler brings us a movie about old school games and the gamers that grew up with them using their skills to save the world. It seems like a great premise for a film and a fantastic way to capitalize on nostalgia. Unfortunately I was not impressed.

The high expectations something like this undertaking comes with are high as you’re messing with peoples childhood memories. The expectations are always almost impossible to meet. And this attempt missed big. In the end it’s just another Sandler comedy. Not saying that’s a bad thing but it’s been seen before. The high expectations something like this undertaking comes with are high as you’re messing with peoples childhood memories. The expectations are always almost impossible to meet. And this attempt missed big. In the end it’s just another Sandler comedy. Not saying that’s a bad thing but it’s been seen before.

The comedy will make you giggle but, it’s by no means memorable. I can’t give a single quote from the movie that wasn’t drilled in my head by the trailer. I also realized that I’ve never liked any of Peter Dinklage’s work outside of Game of Thrones. I haven’t seen all of his work just the stuff I’ve watched is just not good. Josh Gad is probably the funniest part of the film but still not enough to save it. Kevin James as the President ? I really shouldn’t have to say anymore but it’s like POTUS Paul Blart. Sandler and Michelle Monaghan have comedic chemistry but no romantic chemistry at all. They just don’t fit. Talking Q-Bert that sounds like a Furbie…GTFOH.

The fact that the movie seems to constantly refer to gamers as nerds and losers is counter productive. The target audience seems like it would be gamers but the dialog suggests the target audience are people who waste their lives and talents developing skills that are only useful if we get invaded by aliens using the very games we play to attack us. Not insulting the people you’re trying to get money out of is paramount to the success.

Adam Sandler and company give movie goers a run of the mill movie that had potential and squandered it like it’s main character. This is a huge disappointment as I wanted to like this picture but couldn’t get past the glaring holes in it all. Maybe they should hit the reset button on this one.

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