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Aliens attack Earth using monster representation of classic video game characters in this manic 3-D comedy, directed by Chris Columbus. The president of the United States (Kevin James) summons his boyhood nerdy pals (Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage) to come up with a plan to repulse the space invaders, with the assistance of a comely weapons specialist (Michelle Monaghan). Regrettably, the film is short on fun and long on tasteless humor, making what should be a wholesome kids' movie questionable for even mature teens.

Watch out for: Bawdy humor, some sexual innuendo, a few mild oaths.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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