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Directed by - Adam Shankman
Running time - 99 Mins
Classification - PG
IMDB Rating - 6.0/10
My rating - 4/10
The film starts about the Bronson family, who run and own the sunny vista hotel. All the family pull together and they all have a part in the running of the hotel, even though the kids are still young, they help.
Then it skips to 25 years later where Skeeter is the handy man still at the hotel, which has been taken over by someone else. When Kendall is appointed the new manager, Skeeter is a little bit put out, and he ends up going to his sisters Wendy's house, to visit her and his nephew and niece on their birthday.
He there finds out that she is getting laid off from work, and needs to move house. She asks Skeeter to help by looking after the kids for her. When he started looking after his nephew and niece he started to tell them little fairy tale stories, these stories always varied and the kids always seemed to love hearing them.
But his fairy tales start to become a reality, but watch the film to find out how and what happens.
Adam Sandler plays Skeeter Bronson who plays his part really well, he always seems to play someone that's a little and this is no exception. But I find that these are the parts he lays best, and I loved him playing this character.
Keri Russell plays Jill she is another that did not play a big part in the film, but the part she did play I felt she did do it really well,
Guy Pearce plays Kendall he did not appear in the film too much, but the small part he played I felt he did a good job off, not the best acting I have seen, but enough to pull it off.
Courtney Cox plays Wendy she plays the part of the wiser and more mature one really suited her, she played the part really well, and no one could say anything bad about the job she did.
There was other characters in the film, but I would be here all day listing them all.
This film is just great for the kids, but I watched it by myself and even thought the acting was brilliant and Sandler made me laugh a few times, I did find it a pretty hard film to follow film, I think this is a film where you do not think about anything, just enjoy it as it happens, which is why its a good film for the kids, but this just was not a film for me.
It did not seem to have a real moral to the story and I just could not understand what it was all about. I would recommend this for kids but not for an adult, as if you are like me it is hard to follow, and I just did not understand it.
Also the effects of the film were not that brilliant either, they seemed too cartoon like, and you could tell this was fake. It seems like quite a low budget film, with the quality of it. Undecided as to whether I would recommend this to watch.
Bedtime stories is a good old-fashioned family film starring Adam Sandler in one of his finest roles to date.
Sandler plays Skeeter, the son of a Motel owner whose father falls into debt. The father (played by Jonathon Pryce) sells the Motel to a big conglomerate Hotel owner on one condition: the new owner will make Skeeter manager when he becomes old enough. Years later, with the father long since dead, the Motel has become a huge successful Hotel but Skeeter is still not management. Instead he is the Maintenance guy....his only real friend a waiter played brilliantly by Russell Brand.
When Skeeter has to look after his niece and nephew for a week whilst his sister seeks employment out of State, he entertains the two childen by telling them made-up stories in the same way his own dad did when he was small. But when Skeeter discovers parts of his stories crossng over into the real world and becoming true, he soon realises that he has a chance to alter his fate for the better and change his life around. Unfortunately, things have a habit of not quite going as planned.....
This is a great movie that had me laughing out loud more than a few times and is a must-see for ALL Adam Sandler films. Rob Schnieder has his usual cameo and there is even time for a quick "you can doooo it!" moment that long-time fans will recognise from Sandler's countless other movies!
Russell Brand too is priceless ~ his finest moments coming in the scenes where he suffers from Sleep-Panic Disorder. In point of fact, this movie is near-faultless throughout and easily among one of the best comedies I have seen in the last twelve months!
If you like Sandler and his usual trademark screwballness, then you will absolutely love this film to bits! Seriously....comedy doesn't get much better than this and it is good tro see something this funny with a strong family emphasis too!
When Skeeter's dad sold the family hotel in 1974 when he was 10 he heard the new owner promise that he be given a chance to run the hotel when he is old enough. Now back in the present day and Skeeter is still living in the hotel as the maintenance man. His chances of running the hotel are slim until he starts looking after his niece and nephew. He discovers that when he tells them a bedtime story the events in the story will come true the following day. As more stories begin to become true he tries to mould the stories in such a way to enhance his life, but can he change it enough to make him happy.
This is slightly different to the average Adam Sandler movie as for starters it is a Disney movie for all the family. I wasn't sure if that was going to loose part of the appeal from his usual movies as this seemed to be aimed more at the family market, rather than his usual market of late teens to early thirties. The advert and the concept of the movie seemed to appeal quite a bit and I'm glad to say that despite my initial worries that this wouldn't be as good as his usual movies were quickly dispelled.
It seems that director Adam Shankman has managed to capture the best bits of Sandler's comical ability and repackage it for the Disney family market. His previous directorial work hadn't exactly filled me with confidence but thankfully this was better than a few of his other films. He puts the movie together really well and uses a good combination of effects and coincidences to create the story and give the illusion that everything that happens to Skeeter is due to the stories. Whilst there aren't a huge among of demand for special effects, what they have they do really well.
The script is the handy work of a combination of the ideas of long term Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy and Race To Witch Mountain writer Matt Lopez. Between the two of them they seem to come up with a number of good ideas that great a very enjoyable and reasonably paced movie that will appeal to all of the family. It's not a film that could be classed as one of the best Disney movies but it is entertaining and an enjoyable film for all of the family. It is a reasonable length at 99 minutes long and certainly seems to feel about the right length for the concept.
My biggest concern about the movie was Sandler taking on an out and out family friendly role. It meant he would have to adapt to a slightly tamer style of comedy but he seems to pull it off reasonably well. He still maintains the aspects of his comical roles that make his movies funny, but he does tone it down to make it a little more Disney. There are still even some of the trademark Sandler jokes, but within the context they work rather well. With his role here and his recent role in Funny People, Sandler seems to be coming back to his comical best.
There is a good deal of chemistry between Sandler's character Skeeter and Jill played by Keri Russell. The two work very well together and there is certainly an onscreen attraction that makes the developing relationship between the two seem more believable. The more movies I see Russell Brand in the more he seems to win me over. His performance in this is another example of how he does have some talent. There are also reasonable performances from Guy Pearce, Lucy Lawless, Teresa Palmer and Courtney Cox. In fact all of the supporting cast give decent performances and the casting certainly works.
Overall I thought this was a pretty good movie. It is a decent family movie that whilst it doesn't stand out against other Disney movies it is still very entertaining. There are some new concepts in this movie but there are also other moments that work in the same way as countless other movies. That said it is a movie I'd be happy to recommend to both fans of Adam Sandler and those looking for a decent movie to watch with their family. Its an average but enjoyable movie that I think hits the market they were looking for.
Bedtime Stories (DVD)
Skeeter (Adam Sandler), a hotel handyman finds himself minding his neice and nephew, even though he is not very good with children.
The whole escapade starts off as a major disaster until he finds his vocation in childcare - his ability to tell the most amazing Bedtime Stories.
Then the stories that he tell happen in real life the very next day, and Skeeter realises that he can make his life go the way that he wants it to by incorporating it into one of his tales. The only problem is that the children also like to be involved in the storytelling so things do not go to plan and he finds himself, amongst other things, in a gumball shower and faced with an angry dwarf...................
This film flits between fantasy and reality and makes it all the more exciting and intreguing, to wonder and anticipate which way the story is going to go next!
My favourite part of this whole film is where it starts to rain gum-balls as this was the scene that stood out to me most in the trailer of the film and what made me want to watch it, the look on Skeeters face - priceless!!!!!!!!
This film is suitable for children and adults alike as it has a humour about it which will fully entertain all and I would fully recommend it - You will not be disappointed!
This film has very quickly become one of my all time favourites. It follows Skeeter, a hotel handyman, through a few days of babysitting his young niece and nephew. At first he seems to be terrible with the children but then he begins to tell them bedtime stories which take them all into a world of adventures and magic.
This film really takes you on a wonderful adventure, jumping into fantasy lands that we would all like to be a part of. Have you ever read a book and wished that you could climb into it? Have you ever had a dream and wished that you never had to wake up from it? Well, for me, that is exactly what this film is about.
Perfect for children who are still able to dive into their own imagination with enough humour to keep the true 'grown ups' among us entertained. And for the rest of us 'grown ups', the ones who would secretly still like to be ten years old, it reminds us of the imaginary friends and make-believe lands that we used to be a part of when we were younger.
If you are still friends with your iner child, you will love every second of this film. And if your inner child has been asleep for a while...then this is the perfect way to wake it up and bring it out to play!
I recently watched this movie directed by Adam Shankman with my friends and thought it was pretty good and rather humourous.
The main actor in this film in the very funny Adam Sandler. I dont know if its me but you always know what kind of a film your watching when Adam Sandler is in it.
I wont give too much away but the main plot is that Skeeter, Adam Sandler´s character works in a hotel, which his dad used to own. His sister Wendy (Courtney Cox) goes away for a week and he along with his sister´s friend Jill (Keri Russell) takes responsability for the kids on a split shift basis. During the night time, Skeeter tells the kids a bedtime story and the next day in one form or another the story comes true the next day.
This is a comedy with typical comedy from Sandler, which will guarantee that you laugh all the way.. as long as you like his work of course. This film is suitable for all ages I would say.
Some of the other main actors / actresses in this film include: Russell Brand, Teresa Palmer, Richard Griffiths, Guy Pearce and Lucy Lawless.
I thought there was a good cast in this film. Adam Sandler being the lead was obviously nice to watch but then I was suprised when I saw Courtney Cox and even Russell Brand. Russell´s character in this film was quite funny actually... a little dippy and dosey.
This film combines comedy with imaganation and is a great light hearted film, which makes you feel good afterwards. Me and my friends laughed pretty much all the way through this film and we are all in our 20´s. This film made by Disney may have been made and advertised for kids but I think it is certainly suitable for the whole family.
It is interesting to see how the stories within the film come true without making it too unbelieveable and too childish. I think this is what made the film work for me and my friends. The film was believeable (to a certain extent) and had the classic beginning, middle and end. Whereby the beginning starts off nice, the middle, there is a little problem and at the end there is a happy ending.
Overall I really enjoyed this delightful film and would certainly watch it again. I recommend that if you have chance to watch this then do so! A great comedy with the one and only Adam Sandler.
Disclaimer: As with all my movie reviews, this is about the film itself rather than the DVD. I generally don't watch extra features or deleted scenes as they are usually removed for a reason and detract from the film as it was intended.
Key Stars: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand, Richard Griffiths, Teresa Palmer, Lucy Lawless, Courteney Cox
Bedtime Stories is a late 2008 family and comedy movie starring Adam Sandler. The movie details a hotel handyman that was promised this hotel from his father, the previous owner, but loses it through a selection of bad business decisions to another person. He gradually realises that stories he tells his niece and nephew are becoming true in the real world.
For a family movie this is reasonably funny with the same old comedic styling's that you always get from Adam Sandler. The comedy is light hearted and immature, obviously geared towards children. The story is entertaining and original, but more importantly is a nice easy watching film that would be perfect for a weekend movie with the kids. Being a childrens movie the plot is straightforward an easy enough for them to follow but can also be enjoyed by the parents.
I think most of the cons I would list are due to the fact it's very predictable and Adam Sandler's acting is the same as any other character he has previously portrayed. Obviously I am not the target audience for this film so consider it a bit of a moot point, I'm sure children of all ages would enjoy this film.
Overall I didn't dislike the movie but also didn't particularly enjoy it. I think for children it is a perfect light hearted movie that is easy to drop in the DVD player on a weekend to keep them occupied for a while and enjoyable for them at the same time.
Bedtime Stories is a film that the wife and I had been looking forward to watching for a long time - not enough to go to the cinema, but it was one of the ones that we wanted to watch as soon as it premiered on Sky. We're both big fans of Adam Sandler and we both like to sit back and watch feel good films - and that's exactly what Bedtime Stories is.
The film follows Skeeter (played by Adam Sandler), a hotel handyman who is made to look after his sister's kids whilst she's away. Skeeter doesn't really know the kids, but gets along with them after making up his own bedtime story and allowing the kids to throw in their own story ideas - damsels in distress, raining gumballs etc.
However, the twist for Skeeter is that the day after, parts of the stories come true! Skeeter soon realises this and attempts to use the stories to his own advantage in real life, as he's been offered the chance to take over as manager of a new hotel which is being built.
As the story progresses, we see Skeeter trying to impress his boss to get the job and also impress the kids' teacher who he develops a crush on. Things are going quite well until Skeeter learns that the kids' school is to be knocked down to make way for the new hotel... will Skeeter save the day..?
The wife and I both found Bedtime Stories to be a very enjoyable film. Adam Sandler is a quirky and likable as ever and is well supported by funnyman Russell Brand and leading lady Keri Russell.
The story is an interesting one that sees Sandler visits fantasy situations in the old west and as a gladiator (among others). The special effects are pretty good and there's plenty in there to keep children entertained, and adults alike.
I had sort of been looking forward to seeing this, without being in any kind of rush. So now that it is on Sky Movies I decided to give it a watch.
~~~ Synopsis ~~~
Skeeter (Adam Sandler) is a hotel handyman who has to take care of his niece and nephew while their mum (Courtney Cox) goes away to a job interview. Skeeter has no experience of taking care of children and the only thing he knows how to do is tell bedtime stories. Once parts of the stories start become reality, he tries to manipulate the stories to his advantage.
~~~ My Opinion ~~~
Once the movie got a little bit into it, I immediately thought I wasn't going to enjoy it that much and unfortunately I was right.
There isn't really that many comedy moments in it and the stupidity factor commonly associated with Sandler movies is missing, which is clearly down to the fact the movie is meant for children.
I was surprised to find out Russell Brand played a part in the movie, as Skeeter's best friend, but sadly he wasn't in the movie as much as I would have liked, but since I didn't know he was going to be in at all this was a nice surprise.
Overall, it's not a movie I'll watch again and it's definitely one of my least liked Sandler movies. Children would probably enjoy it, but I don't think there's really anything for anyone above about 10.
With nothing better to do last new years eve before watching normal coverage from London, I ended up going to the cinema with my best friend during the day. It was a PG film, so we ended up being the oldest non parents in the cinema!
The storyline is quite basic and therefore easy to keep up with, so good for children. Skeeter Bronson was promised the managers job of his fathers hotel when it was sold on, but he got passed over and was instead given the janitors position. When his sister goes away on business for the week, he looks after her two children and reads them a bedtime story but the children change parts of the story. The next day, these changes come true with some very weird coincidences, like it raining gumballs! Meanwhile, Skeeter is competing with Kendall for the manager position at a new hotel, and he tries to use the bedtime stories to manipulate this with some good and some bad, but very funny consequences!
I did think the acting in this film was actually quite good! It wasn't Oscar winning or spectacular but thats to be expected because of the roles that they were playing in this kids film. The leads were all played by some quite high profile people. Adam Sandler played the lead of Skeeter Bronson and he was really good, he has been in most of the films that I've seen him in, he seemed totally comfortable with his role and he also had great chemistry with all of the other characters/actors. The two lead child roles also seemed like they had been very well cast, they both seemed totally comfortable in front of the camera as though they had a lot of experience, whether they had or not I don't know.
I think that its a film that's got a very broad appeal, but its definitely a great one for the family. Since its a PG, everyone can watch it together. However, I'm not really the age group that it was aimed at and I still really enjoyed it since it has such a unique plot, it seems like the classic Disney films are starting to make a comeback and the quality is the same as it used to be now! I would definitely recommend that you watch it, if you have kids then its a great thing for a rainy afternoon in the school holidays.
So me and my sister have just sat down and watched Bedtime stories on a rental DVD and I just have to say I am so glad it was rental film. Although we enjoyed it at first and we did give it a good go and watched it all, I think it was an extremely silly film which I expected but I just got fed up of it and started writing this review.
The story is about Skeeter who is the son of a hotelier. He got promised the Hotel when he was older but when this did not happen he became the handyman at the Hotel and feels like he need some help with his life. When his sister Wendy goes away and needs her friend Jill to look after the kids in the day and Skeeter to look after them at night the fun happens. Skeeter discovers that as he tells the kids a bedtime story it becomes true. He consequently tries to use these to his advantage which doesn't always work out.
Story-wise and it sounds quite good but I think it does not keep your attention long enough. There are only about 3 stories in the film and they are done in a way that they are not that interesting to watch and you don't really care where they go. We watched it till the end but to be honest it had not kept our attention and we were playing with the dog at the same time for the last half hour. Which is shame.
Now I usually like movies like this and I can accept a little silliness but the whole film is just stupid and has no endearing qualities. The effects are good and I can see where they were trying to go and I can see why a lot of people have liked it but it was not for me.
The characters in this film for me were a bit unlikeable. Adam Sandler plays Skeeter who is a character he is good at playing as he loves his silly films. Courtney Cox-Arquette plays Wendy and is not good. I love her but she does not suit this role and does not look like she has fun playing it. Keri Russell plays Jill who I actually do like as a character. The rest are unlikeable and very unmemorable. Even the fabulous Russell Brand was bad as Mickey the helpless friend.
The film lasts for a very long hour and a half and is suitable for everybody to watch. It is a Disney film which I am surprised with as I thought it was rubbish. I honestly could have done with something else to watch. I don't know if this was just because it was a rental but I had no special features to report on.
In conclusion I don't think I can give this film more than 2 stars and that is because the effects were decent and the story was quite an original idea. Other than that though the film does not play out well at all. Everything about it is unmemorable and I could not recommend it to anybody really. My sister has given it the same verdict as me and we are now going to watch something that will actually entertain us.
Thanks for reading.
Skeeter Bronson and his sister have grown up living in their fathers small guest house and loved every minute of it, that is until they are forced to sell it to a Mr Nottingham who it time knocks it down and builds a massive hotel. Mr Nottingham did promise Skeeter's Dad that when he was old enough he would let him work for the hotel and give his ideas. Unfortunately Skeeter is only the handy man but he loves his job.
When visiting his niece and nephew, Patrick and Bobbie, Skeeter finds his life is about to take a dramatic turn when he is roped into looking after the children and their massive eyed Guinea Pig, for a week whilst their mother goes for some job interviews. Skeeter will get help with the children by their friend Jill but it is down to him to have them at night. As there is no television in their hose they spend a lot of time in their beds and with the help of Skeeter they make up bedtime stories.
After the first night Skeeter finds that the story they made up did in fact come true for him and he lived it out during the day. Skeeter tries to use this to his advantage and help him move up in the hotel industry. Will Skeeter be able to use the children's stories to get his dream job or will things not work out as he planned?
I have only given a very brief plot outline to this film as I think that giving away anymore would spoil the film as it is a little predictable towards the end so I don't want to spoil it for anyone who has not seen it.
Now this film is really for children but I really did want to see it as it looked very fun. I have to say that both me and hubby found it was very entertaining and at times very funny. I thought that Adam Sandler did a great job in the role of Skeeter as his character was daft and this for me is what he does best. I think he had a great chemistry with both of the children and this did show throughout the film. The addition of Skeeter's best friend du make me groan when I first saw him as he was played by Russell Brand but after watching the film I have to admit that he is changing in my eyes as when he is acting he seems to do a great job, it is just in real life he acts like a complete tit. He brought a lot of humour to the film.
There were a lot of supporting actors and actresses in this film and they all did a wonderful job and they really got into it with all the dressing up they did and all the parts which they played in the stories. I personally found Guy Pierce was my favourite supporting actor and I loved the slimy character which he played. Bugsy the Guinea Pig was also a great addition to the story and he did give us a few laughs at times with some of the things which he did or the expressions he made.
The film was set in the present time so mot much attention was needed with the costumes of sets but when we were seeing the stories which were being made up this is where a lot of time and effort was put in as they were all set in different times and places and the character were all made up as different people and I thought t his was well made and fitted right into the whole film idea.
The music throughout the film as very mixed and I did enjoy all of it. I found that it suited all of the parts in which it was used and did at times help with the settings and emotions of the story.
The DVD which we have does have some bonus features which include:-
Hilarious Bloopers and Deleted Scenes
Until Gravity Do Us Part- The creation of the amazing anti-gravity battle
It's Bugsy - A profile of everyone's favourite guinea pig!
To All the Little People - Adam having fun with his co stars Laura Ann Kesling and Jonathan Heit
Dylan and Cole Sprouses - Blu-ray is suite!
The running time of this film is 95 minutes and think this is a suitable length for children to sit still for but I do think that this film will have them entertained for the whole time. The certificate is a PG and I agree with this but I would say it is aimed more at the age of 8 and upwards as younger children might not understand some of the things which happen. I have not watched this with my boys as they are only 7, 5 and 2 and don't think they are quite old enough to understand and enjoy it fully.
I paid just under £5 for this from Amazon which I felt to be a great price as it is relatively new out on DVD. Overall I am going to recommend this film and not just for children as me and hubby thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.
The life of Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman, is changed forever when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to mysteriously come true. He attempts to take advantage of the phenomenon, incorporating his own aspirations into one outlandish tale after another, but it's the kids' unexpected contributions that turn Skeeter's life upside down.
Skeeter Bronson and his sister, Wendy were raised in a hotel by there father Marty. Skeeter loved the hotel and let his vivived imagination run wild there, while Wendy was more or a sensible realist. Every night Marty would tell them a bedtime story, not one from a book, he would just make one up on the spot.
Marty however wasn't a very good business man and ends up having to sell the hotel to, Barry Notingham who promises Marty that when Skeeter is old enough he will be able to run the hotel.
Skip forward to present day and Skeeter is indeed still working at the hotel but as aFunny People handy man, although he still believes that one day he will indeed be the manager. Barry Nottingham has anew big hotel projet up his sleeve but announces that he will make his future son-in-law Kendall the manager, as it's he who came up with top secret theme.
Wendy however is now a school a teacher, with two kids, Bobbi and Patrick unfortunately her husband has recently left her and her school is about to be demolished. So in order to attended interviews she asks Skeeter to look after the kids for a week so she can go to job interviews in Arizona. Skeeter agrees so he will be looking after the kids at night while Wendy's friend , Jill will look after them during the day.
Not having been around kids much he doesn't really know what to do with them so he decideds to do what his dad used to and he begins to tell the kids bedtime stories, the kids really enjoy the stories but soon things from the stories begin to happen in Skeeters life.
Skeeter Bronson - Adam Sandler (Funny People)
Jill - Keri Russell (Mission Impossible III)
Kendall - Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker)
Mickey - Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
Barry Nottingham - Richard Grifiths (The History Boys)
Violet Nottingham - Teresa Palmer (December Boys)
Wendy - Courtney Cox (Scream)
Marty Bronson - Jonathan Pryce (G.I Joe Rise Of The Cobra)
Adam Shankman (Hairspray)
I find it really hard to find family films that the whole of the family really will enjoy. My 7 year old daughter obviously loves the girly stuff and the musicals while my four year old boy wanting to wath something with robots or ailens in, my younesgt son enjoys animations, while I glady watch any of these with my children all I ask for is a few laughs along the way.
But bedtime stories really is a film that will satisfy all of the family's needs. For my daughter there is romance, princesses music, for my son cowboys, indians and aliens, whil there's no animation the combination of all these things caught my youngest boy's attention and it was also funny enough for us adults.
The casting is great, Richard Curtis as the germ hating oddball, Barry Nottingham was very funny while it was good to see Russell Brand playing a sidekick rather getting to hog the screen.
The storyline isn't anthing that new or different and the ending is predictable but the film really will keep the attention of those who watch it.
Running Time 99 mins
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Bedtime Stories is one of the funniest films i've seen! Normally i'm not too keen on Adam Sandler films but this one was really good. Made in 2008 and being 95 minutes long, it is a funny heart warming film. Starring Adam Sandler as Skeeter Bronson, Keri Russell as Jill, Guy Pearce as Kendall, Russell Brand as Mickey, Richard Griffiths as Barry Nottingham, Coutney Cox as Wendy, Jonathan Morgan Heit as Patrick, Laura Ann Kesling as Bobby and Jonathan Pryce as Marty Bronson. This is a fabulous cast and they all have great chemistry with each other.
Skeeter Bronson is the handy man at the hotel ran by Barry Nottingham, however, he should be in charge as his father use to run it before he died and signed everything over to him. That never happened though, so Skeeter is the handy man. When Skeeter has to babysit his neice and nephew he tells them bed time stories that are very imaginative and he always puts himself as the hero! While telling them the kids join in and make things up. Then the magic happens!!! The stories start to come true with twists. But can Skeeter see the right girl that's infront of him?!....
This story is a heart warming tale and will keep you entertained. I loved Bugsy, the kids Guinea pig, that was hillarious! To keep the story going and make it more interesting they actually act out the stories which makes them more real. There are so many great characters that are well thought of. I would recommend this to any one who likes a laugh and a genuinely nice story.
When Skeeter Bronson's father sold their small motel to the entrepreneur, Barry Nottingham, Skeeter was promised job security in the future of the motel. But a lowly janitor of a now famous hotel was not quite what Skeeter had in mind. However, when Nottingham announces the renovation of the hotel into an even more famous and huge hotel, Skeeter's dreams flash before his eyes again, but only for a split second before they are torn away and Nottingham's son-in-law-to-be is given the position of manager.
Then when Skeeter's sister, Wendy, takes a trip and he is asked to look after her two young children, Patrick and Bobbi, his life only gets more depressing. He hasn't seen his nephew and niece in a while, doesn't know how to entertain children and, worst of all, he has a huge disliking for Jill, Wendy's colleague who has been asked to help out. The only thing Skeeter is any good at doing is telling bedtime stories with the help of a goggly eyed hamster and the children. But when their imaginative stories begin to come true, Skeeter sees an opportunity to get everything he's ever dreamed of.
~ Cast ~
Skeeter Bronson - Adam Sandler
Jill - Keri Russell
Mickey - Russell Brand
Patrick - Jonathan Morgan Heit
Bobbi - Laura Ann Kesling
Kendall - Guy Pearce
Barry Nottingham - Richard Griffiths
Violet Nottingham - Teresa Palmer
Wendy - Courteney Cox
I'm not a huge fan of Adam Sandler as I can't stand plain stupid films which tend to be his main genre of films but this looked like an enjoyable one so decided to give it a go anyway.
As expected, Sandler does once again play a silly character yet it doesn't end up being over the top or completely ridiculous and so makes for some very comical viewing. At the beginning of the film we see Skeeter's childhood and how he wanted to grow up to run his family's old motel and how he is now miserable in his current job as a lowly janitor. This immediately makes us feel sorry for him and plants us firmly on his side. There is also a love aspect between Skeeter and Jill who hate each other at first sight, but as they get to know more about one another, their feelings grow. This inclusion of 'real' emotions in the film is what takes away from it being a silly and slap-stick type film which makes it more real to life.
I did think it slightly strange that Russell Brand was cast into a children's film but his inclusion made it more watchable for those adults who like him and he added some dry humour into the mix. He didn't look any different or act any different from his usual self (minus the foul language of course) which makes him even funnier to watch when attempting to play a different character.
I was a bit disappointed that we didn't see much of Courteney Cox, as I'm one of those huge Friends enthusiasts, and was hoping to see some action from her since leaving the series but was only greeted with a couple of scenes with her in.
The film is brilliant for children of all ages as the two children in the film are very young and we get to see into their imagination through the stories they make up. This includes monsters made from snot, a sky raining down with gum balls, and many adventurous fighting scenes which are all magical to watch and provide lots of fun and entertainment for the youngsters in the classic Disney style.
Whilst the kids are creating childish adventures, the adults are attempting to steer the bedtime stories in a direction which will be beneficial to them by trying to add more grown up things into the stories such as sexy women, lots of money and revenge on those who deserve it. These parts are more comical and more appropriate for the adults in the audience which does make this a great film for the whole family. There is still a lingering of Sandler's stupid humour which pops up occasionally throughout the film, so his fans won't be disappointed. For me though, these parts did make it stupid and were the only bits I disliked about the film as it made it more unrealistic - yes I do like to think that maybe dreams could come true!
Overall, although it isn't the best of films, Bedtime Stories provides some fun and light-hearted family entertainment in a magical story.
Running time: 99 minutes
Certificate rating: PG
Director: Adam Shankman