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Once Upon a time
Bedtime Stories (DVD)
Member Name: hollywoodmum
Bedtime Stories (DVD)
Advantages: Whole family can watch and enjoy
Disadvantages: A bit predictable
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
Also on ciao under same username
Summary: A great family all rounder