I’ve always been a pretty big fan of Adam Sandler and his movies. Even the ones most people detest. I was hooked from the first time I saw Billy Madison. Yes, I am a huge fan of stupid and juvenile humor and won’t apologize for it. He just has that certain something that gives him the talent to play it extremely stupid or as a shy everyman underdog.
In Bedtime Stories, “hotel handyman Skeeter Bronson’s life 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.”
Basically, Bedtime Stories is an Adam Sandler movie with the vulgarity toned down. He takes all the best parts of himself and his shtick (or whatever you want to call it) and cleans it up for the whole family. You’ve seen traces of the guy Sandler is playing in this film in The Wedding Singer, Spanglish, and Big Daddy. He’s very likeable and always has the best intentions, even if he doesn’t always know how to translate it in his life. As usual, a couple of his buddies show up in different roles, such as Rob Schneider (The Waterboy, 50 First Dates, and a few of his Happy Madison films) and Allen Covert (The Wedding Singer, Billy Madison, Big Daddy, etc). The other supporting roles are all filled out by some very talented and well-known actors such as Courteney Cox (Friends, Scream trilogy, Ace Ventura – Pet Detective) Keri Russell (Felicity, August Rush, Mission Impossible 3), Guy Pearce (Traitor, The Time Machine, The Count of Monte Christo), Richard Griffiths (the Harry Potter movies, Sleepy Hollow, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear), and Jonathan Pryce ( Pirates of the Caribbean movies, The Brothers Grimm, Tomorrow Never Dies).
Bedtime Stories was overall a disappointment for me. I really was expecting a little more from the story. I don’t think they went as far as they could have with the imagination aspect and it coming to life in reality. You just keep feeling through the movie that there must be something else that is going to happen, but it never does. The film had it’s charming moments, but it just didn’t quite pay off in the end. I believe this might be the first in what could be a very lucrative career in family films for Sandler. He’s already shown promise in the arena, but this really is the first film he’s done for a true Disney fanbase. He just has that goofy persona that children and the kid’s in all of us wish we could hang on to into adulthood.
Source: Yahoo! Movies