Adam Sandler "The Waterboy") plays Skeeter Bronson who grew up with his sister, Wendy (Courteney Cox - TV's "Friends"), in a modest hotel
in Los Angeles owned by their father (Jonathan Pryce "Evita"). Dad was a
terrible businessman, though, and he sold the place to a wealthy
investor, Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths "The History Boys"), who turned it into a
luxury hotel but kept Skeeter on as a handyman.
Skeeter baby sits his
sister's children when she goes out of town for a week to find a new job, a duty he alternates with
Wendy's friend Jill (Keri Russell "Waitress"). The kids, Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling)
and Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heit), are glad to have
their fun Uncle Skeeter around, and eager to hear some fanciful bedtime
stories, but his stories are really not all that good. Skeeter puts himself in all of them and
anytime the kids interject something into the stories, it comes true in his real life. This allows for some dazzlingspecial effects
scenes in the stories and some humor in real life. Nothing is
very spectacular, so the movie survives more on being heart warming, rather than
actually being hilarious.
Sandler is continually upstaged by Russell Brand (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) who plays
Skeeter’s best friend, a thoroughly dotty hotel employee who’s brain is
mush and seems game for anything. and also by Patrick and Bobbi’s pet guinea pig Bugsy, a live
action/computer-generated scene stealer.
Bedtime Stories from the Disney company has been directed by Adam Shankman ("Hairspray"). It is brightly colored, briefly sweet, but it's also uneven and poorly paced, and will really only entertain younger audiences.