MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, DVD Review

Funnyman Adam Sandler (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan) shares the movie screen with Keri Russell (Waitress), Guy Pearce (Traitor), Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Courtney Cox Arquette (“Friends”) in Bedtime Stories, a touching comic fable of an underdog whose own fortune finally changes. Bedtime Stories arrives on DVD on April 5, 2009.
Growing up in his father’s hotel, little Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) always dreamed of the day when he would manage the hotel. When a businessman buys the small hotel, he promises Skeeter’s father that Skeeter will one day manage the property, but over the years, the promise is forgotten.
As a handyman at the hotel his father used to own, Skeeter spends his days changing light bulbs and putting up with the insults of the hotel’s smarmy manager (Guy Pearce) who is engaged to the hotel owner’s beautiful, hard-partying daughter, Violet (Theresa Palmer). Skeeter has a small crush on Violet, but it is the hotel he really loves.
When Skeeter’s sister Wendy (Courteney Cox) asks him to babysit her kids for a week while she’s out of town, Skeeter must come up with ways to entertain the niece and nephew he barely knows in a home where television and junk food are not allowed. Remembering the stories his own father used to tell him, Skeeter begins to tell the children bedtime stories about an underdog who has been overlooked again and again at work and by women – sometimes a cowboy, sometimes a space character, sometimes in ancient Greece. The first nightly tale is boring until the kids decide to insert some interesting touches of their own. When Skeeter experience some of the outlandish additions the children made to his story in real life, he begins to try to use the stories to improve his lot in life, but the kids’ unexpected contributions to each tale makes Skeeter’s life go in unexpected directions.
Is it the kids, being in the same room he grew up in as a child, telling bedtime stories like his father used to, or the children’s bug-eyed guinea pig Bugsy who make the stories come true? You will have to decide for yourself as this is never made clear, but Bedtime Stories is an uplifting fractured fairy tale about an underdog whose day has finally comes and about a man who learns to love his family more than his hotel. Although Skeeter Bronson is the same basic character Adam Sandler plays in most of his movies, as well as on “Saturday Night Live,” that doesn’t seem to make the character any less lovable and sympathetic when he turns up again and again.
Rated PG for some typical rude humor and mild language, Bedtime Stories is family friendly film full of fun special effects which is appropriate for kids. For much more about the movie including specs, visit the source listed below.
Buy Bedtime Stories, on Amazon or borrow it for free on your Kindle.
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