Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bedtime Stories (2008) PG - 3½ Stars

What child doesn't like bedtime stories? But the stories Adam Sandler tells, seem to manifest themselves into the real world causing some screwy effects in his life. I'm not a big Andy Sandler fan but he's toned down even enough for me, and the children should enjoy the adventures in his stories.

Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) was always the adventurous boy never taking the world at face value. For him, growing up in a small hotel owned and operated by his father Marty Bronson (Jonathan Pryce), he was always the type to tinker with things and ask the questions why. But alas, his father was not quite the best business man and he had to sign the papers over to hotel chain entrepreneur Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths), who promises Skeeter a job when he grows up. And that he does, just not the job Skeeter had envisioned of hotel manager but instead handyman. Over worked and under appreciated, Skeeter lives a humble solitude life. That is until his sister Wendy (Courtney Cox), must suddenly leave town for a job interview. She entrusts her children, Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heit), and Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling), to Uncle Skeeter's care, with many restrictions on what they are allowed to eat and do. Skeeter feels the safest thing to do is send them to bed so he can't screw anything up.

Patrick and Bobbi are accustomed to bedtime stories and even though Skeeter is no expert, he calls on the days of stories from his dad and quickly ad libs a bedtime tale, to their liking. But as the children become more involved in the stories, ad libbing their own lines, Skeeter noticed that parts of the stories are starting to happen in his real life. As he tries to guide the children's direction of story telling into his own personal gain, he finds you can't trick fate and love might already be standing right in front of you.

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Director: Adam Shankman
Writers: Tim Herlihy, Matt Lopez
Producers: Andrew Gunn, Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo
I viewed 5/09

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