Adam Sandler's newest comedy begins in 1982, when his character, Sam Brenner, is a 12 year old competing in a big arcade game tournament. His best friend Will Cooper (Kevin James) is along for support, and his biggest rival is Eddie "The Fireblaster" (Peter Dinklage). The two boys end up in a fierce competition in the final, and NASA puts a video tape of their contest in a time capsule for future generations to watch.
Fast forward to present day, Sam installs home electronic systems, Eddie has turned to hacking and Cooper is now President of the United States. When intergalactic aliens discover the tape, they think that war has been declared against them, so they retaliate by attacking the world using giant video game characters. President Cooper calls in his Cabinet to come up with solutions. However, he ends up relying on his childhood friends to defeat the enemy.
The gamers use weapons developed by Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monahan) to zap the giant Pac-Man, Space Invader and Donkey Kong characters come to life as they descend on the U.S. As they blast them, they either explode or disintegrate into a million pieces falling to earth.
Directed by Chris Columbus, the comedy has a few fun parts. Sandler is low-key and after the disastrous That's My Boy, its a relief. James, however, is so low-key, his role could have been played by anyone.
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