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Movie Review: Bedtime Stories

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Bedtime Stories
Running Time: 99 min
MPAA rating: PG (Adult Language, Adult Situations)
Release Date: 2008-12-25
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By "Chicago Tribune"

By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Movie Critic
"Bedtime Stories" is clean enough to fly the Walt Disney Pictures flag, yet it's full of bimbos and cleavage and shots of Adam Sandler getting kicked in the shins by a dwarf. In between little-person attacks, our Everyman character suffers the merciless insults of his social betters. Hostility and pathos make for a very popular combination in comedy. It worked for Chaplin, and it works for Sandler, who may not be the new Chaplin - clearly that title belongs to Rob Schneider, who turns up in a couple of cameos here - but who has his own proven Midas touch.
The premise recalls a Jerry Lewis vehicle from the early '60s. Sandler plays Skeeter, an L.A. hotel handyman under the thumb of a germaphobe owner (Richard Griffiths) and a weasel of a manager (Guy Pearce) who is dating the boss' Paris Hiltonesque daughter (Teresa Palmer) while stepping out with a fellow hotel employee (Lucy Lawless, unrecognizable from her Xena days).
Skeeter and his sister (Courteney Cox) grew up in a motel bungalow court, and when their father (Jonathan Pryce, who narrates) sold out to the Griffiths character, he promised the business to Skeeter. But no. The handyman longs, years later, for a crack at running the hotel built on the old bungalow court's site. Now, the ruthless owners plan to raze the elementary school where Skeeter's sister works as principal.
While Sis is away, Skeeter must baby-sit for his niece and nephew. The adventure stories Skeeter spins for his initially skeptical charges range from knights in shining armor to the Old West to "Star Wars"-type derring-do. As directed by Adam Shankman, who fared very nicely with the musical "Hairspray," the film's fantasy vignettes offer a few laughs, though they never dominate the movie the way they should. The idea is that the stories, where anything can happen, somehow manage to improve Skeeter's real life, which has been clouded with disappointment. It's an adequate idea, dutifully delivered, and "Bedtime Stories" is precisely the sort of thing big stars get interested in once they become parents and want their offspring to talk about something other than Dad ogling Jessica Biel's buttocks in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry."
MPAA rating: PG (for some mild rude humor and mild language).
Running time: 1:35.
Starring: Adam Sandler (Skeeter Bronson); Keri Russell (Jill); Guy Pearce (Kendall); Russell Brand (Mickey); Richard Griffiths (Mr. Nottingham); Jonathan Pryce (Marty); Courteney Cox (Wendy); Lucy Lawless (Aspen); Teresa Palmer (Violet).
Directed by Adam Shankman; written by Matt Lopez and Tim Herlihy; photographed by Michael Barrett; edited by Tom Costain and Michael Tronick; production design by Linda DeScenna; music by Rupert Gregson-Williams; produced by Andrew Gunn, Sandler and Jack Giarraputo. A Walt Disney Pictures release.

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(no rating) Dec 24, 2008 - Chicago Tribune

"Bedtime Stories" is clean enough to fly the Walt Disney Pictures flag, yet it's full of bimbos and cleavage and shots of Adam Sandler getting kicked in the shins by a dwarf. In between little-person attacks, our Everyman character suffers the merciless insults of his social betters. Hostility and pathos make for a very popular combination in comedy. It worked for Chaplin, and it works for Sandler, who may not be the new Chaplin - clearly that title belongs to Rob Schneider, who turns up in a couple of cameos here - but who has his own proven Midas touch.

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Apr 06, 2009 - shirleypix on Bedtime Stories
LOVED IT!

Bedtime Stories carried a sweet story that, even somewhat predictable, proved to be extremely entertaining and fun. Found myself laughing and applauding scenes in the movie. However, I wouldn't recommend this movie for children 8 and under. A Fun Time to be had.

(no rating) Mar 22, 2009 - RandyB31 on Bedtime Stories
Bedtim Stories

Awesome but very very close to inkheart both fantasy except without the lil kids..worth seeing

Jan 18, 2009 - michelleorn on Bedtime Stories
bedtime stories

I thought this was a great movie for kids and adults alike. My son talked about it for along time afterwards. it was classic Adam Sandler. There could have been a little more Courtney Cox, in that she played some "Monica"--she was very OCD about her particular qualms and I think a little more of that would have added to the movie. It was a great movie, one not to miss, sure to please. It was a great movie for families to enjoy and share together.

Jan 14, 2009 - -Black_Fazer- on Bedtime Stories

umm ok...sorta boring... 4 lil kids great but no...not teenagers....

Jan 04, 2009 - cherrie1969 on Bedtime Stories

Jan 04, 2009 - snakesrule22 on Bedtime Stories
Bedtime Stories

This is an amazing movie! I gave this movie a 5/5 because it's funny,entertaining,and adventurous. If you are looking for a good laugh then I personaly would choose this movie!

Jan 03, 2009 - hannahbonna on Bedtime Stories
Bedtime Stories

Pretty good movie, the kids enjoyed it. I think the dwarf party was fun, though Sandler gets kicked, it lets the kids see we are all alike, no matter what the size.

Dec 31, 2008 - HappyMedium on Bedtime Stories
Nice for the Family

This movie was fun for the family, even when he gets kicked in the shins by a dwarf.
I laughed the loudest I believe. It is full of what kids find funny, and it was nice to see a movie with my kids that did not contain sexual innuendos, swearing or uncomfortable moments. We liked it. Thumbs up.

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