Skeeter Bronson (Adam
Sandler) is a hotel maintenance man. When he was a kid, his Dad owned a
hotel and told Skeeter bedtime stories. However, Sketter’s Dad, Marty,
wasn’t a good businessman and had to sell the hotel. Part of the deal was
that Skeeter would get a chance to run the new hotel one day. Flash forward 25
years where Skeeter is a loser man child. His sister’s school is
being closed, and Skeeter ends up being the nighttime babysitter for his niece and nephew (while his sister (Courtney Cox)
searches for a new job in Arizona). He begins to tell them bedtime stories. The
kids start to alter the stories and the things the kids tell happen in Skeeter’s life.
Skeeter develops a relationship with his sister’s friend (Keri Russell)- the daytime babysitter who goes to Night
School. To make matters worse, the owner of the hotel is a germaphobe and
the guy (Guy Pearce) seeing the owner’s daughter (she’s like Paris Hilton).
BEDTIME STORIES starts
as a harmless and fun family film. Then it becomes really bad and dumb
in the last third. The kid’s imagination starts out as fun before
it comes so stupid (I had better imagination as a kid than these two). Guy Pearce ends up in a thankless bad guy role.
I feel sorry for Guy and wonder if he needs a different agent to get him better roles than this (I also wonder how
Keri Russell got involved too). The character who steals the show in every scene
he is in belongs to the hotel busboy who has sleep panic disorder.
The deleted scenes and
outtakes are fun. I wish some of the deleted material stayed in the final film
because it might have made BEDTIME STORIES a little better.
featurettes looks at the various special effects in the film (including the space arena sequence).
FINAL ANALYSIS: BEDTIME STORIES is harmless fun only to be undermined by the last really stupid act.
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