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Bedtime Stories – film review

Posted on: 11/02/2009

Bedtime Stories – film review

By Laura Macri

A Disney movie about a man who tells bedtime stories to his niece and nephew and to his surprise they come true, and this man only happens to be Adam Sandler, a man I am personally a very big fan of so I expected it to be a hit!

The release date was not long after Christmas, so I quickly called a friend and arranged to go and see Bedtime Stories, expecting to be leaping out of my seat in hysterics not long after the opening few minutes. However, to my surprise it was not hysteria that caused me to leap out of my seat.

The opening scene flashed back to Skeeter’s (Adam Sandler) childhood, growing up with his father Marty (Jonathan Pryce) and older sister Wendy (Courtney Cox) in their small but much cherished family hotel. Knowing how much Skeeter loves living in the hotel, Marty finds it terribly difficult when he has to sell their small home to Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) who intends to knock it down and replace it with a huge, expensive and very modern hotel. Marty’s only condition is that one day his son Skeeter will be allowed to run the hotel.

With the next scene jumping straight to the present day, it is clear with the grubby overalls hanging off Skeeter that he is nothing more than a simple handyman, hated by the slimy manager Kendall (Guy Pearce) along with the frightful desk clerk (Lucy Lawless). And as if Skeeter’s life isn’t bad enough already, Barry announces that he is going to build another new hotel and that Kendall shall be responsible for its new and exciting design.

The only support Skeeter has is that from his best friend Mikey (Russell Brand), the hotel waiter. But Skeeter finds his life is about to drastically change when his sister Wendy asks him and her friend Jill (Keri Russell) to look after her kids and their goggle-eyed guinea pig for a week. Skeeter, being absolutely useless with kids tries his best to entertain them by imaginative bedtime stories. To Skeeter’s amazement these strange stories start to come true like gumballs falling from the “sky”.

The plot is very predictable and some of the jokes so cheesy that it becomes almost cringe worthy to watch; I think all of the (very limited) funny parts are crammed into the short trailer. However, I expect children of a young age would enjoy this simple and foreseeable movie but if I ever have to take my younger brother to go and watch it, you might catch me sneaking into the screen next door to watch Twilight instead.

With such great actors like Adam Sandler, Courtney Cox and Russell Brand I was expecting to watch a big hit but instead I got hit in the face when I discovered how naff the film truly was.

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1 Response to "Bedtime Stories – film review"

i think it is… WONDERFUL!

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