Monday, January 12, 2009

Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories is a children’s book brought to the big screen; from the narration throughout the film to the inclusion of Buggsy the bug-eyed hamster the illusion of this being a children’s book is never broken.

This is a movie about a man who wants nothing but his childhood dream – to run his father’s motel – but has gotten so bitter by a turn of events outside his control that he’s pushed his sister, niece & nephew away until his sister forces him to watch his niece & nephew until she returns from a series of job interviews out of state. While watching the children Skeeter begins to chase his childhood dreams again and recaptures what it was for him to be a child.

While Bedtime Stories is not a great movie by any stretch of the word, it is a highly enjoyable film at least on the first viewing especially if you have a child to take with you. The laughs are genuine if obvious, and it is fun to see people like Guy Pearce hamming it up.

Director: Adam Shankman
Writers: Matt Lopez & Tim Herlihy
Skeeter: Adam Sandler
Jill: Keri Russell
Kendall: Guy Pearce
Mickey: Russell Brand
Barry Nottingham: Richard Griffiths
Wendy: Courtney Cox
Patrick: Jonathan Morgan Heit
Bobbi: Laura Ann Kesling
Marty: Jonathan Pryce

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