Bedtime Stories

2009-01-28 15:32
 
Bedtime Stories

What it's about:

Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) works as a janitor in the hotel previously owned by his father, who sold it to hotel tycoon Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) in hard times. Skeeter was originally promised a managerial position, but was passed over for the uptight Kendall (Guy Pearce). Skeeter is asked to babysit his niece and nephew by his sister Wendy (Courtney Cox) when she needs to leave town, and he ends up telling them bedtime stories like the ones his father told him. Soon he realises that the stories are coming true, and he has to find his way safely through a world gone mad, and at the same time prevent Barry Nottingham erecting a hotel on the site of the little neighbourhood school where his sister works.

What we thought of it:

Adam Sandler ranks up there with Mike Myers and Jim Carrey in that unfortunate Hollywood clique of talented comedians who succumbed to the lure of the almighty dollar and sold out everything that ever made them funny. These days, having his name on a film is a guarantee of boredom, aiming squarely at the lowest common denominator with jokes so old they have long beards soaked with the stinking drool from their senile, toothless mouths.

Predictably, Bedtime Stories is another feeble entry in Sandler’s shameful canon, and possibly even more disappointing than usual for his fans as it is a kids' movie that lacks the teenage level of smut that was the high point of his other work.

The story is the usual underdog-makes-good fodder with Sandler playing a man so stupid, annoying and childish, that it is hard to believe that anyone would trust him to mind a child. Despite this, he is left to babysit his young niece and nephew and tells them fantastical stories which then come to life in an entirely unremarkable series of set pieces of dreary CGI. Along the way he also finds love, thwarts the uptight bad guys, and finds some self belief. Oh boy.

Given that it is aimed at young children, most people will probably cut Bedtime Stories some slack, but something this crappy doesn’t deserve your sympathy or your money. There is nothing original here, and certainly nothing that demonstrates quality or the tiniest glimmer of magic required for good family entertainment. The tales themselves come to life like Hallmark channel outtakes that won’t impress any child who has seen a single fantasy film.

Griffiths is quite amusing as a Howard Hughes-style hotel owner, but the rest of the talented supporting cast are entirely wasted playing two dimensional characters that rarely raise a laugh. Even a scene of a chain mail clad dwarf abusing Sandler comes across as predictable and pointless.

Granted there are a couple of laughs, but like last year’s awful You Don't Mess with the Zohan, it’s just so pitifully weak that it would insult even your child's intelligence.



Adam Sandler plays yet another emotionally stunted cretin in this tedious fable about a loser who tells magical stories.

osiris 2009/02/08 7:04 PM
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it is fun family movie to watch when you want to take a break from the concrete jungle and need to take the kids out.
lol 2009/02/16 4:17 PM
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Was a real kiddies movie...walt disney type. A bit to kiddy for adults and jokes were very weak.
eerrm 2009/02/16 4:19 PM
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I am a fan but this was just too childish for adults. A good movie to take your kids to.
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