The life of a hotel janitor takes a crazy turn when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to come true.
Adam Sandler’s sideline in family entertainment continues with this impressively cast family comedy (look out for Lucy Lawless and Guy Pearce as baddies). Sandler is Skeeter Bronson, a handyman praying for the chance to run the hotel his dad used to own. When he has to babysit his sister’s kids for a week, the stories he tells them take a twist when the lines injected by the kids start coming true. Far from another Jumanji, any magic director Shankman tries to inject is squashed by Sandler’s distressingly annoying turn, while Russell Brand and Keri Russell look uncomfortably crowbarred in. Some giggles for the kids, but otherwise this puts the ho-hum into ho ho ho.
More ho-hum than ho ho ho.