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Bedtime Stories
So-so Sandler family comedy

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The life of a hotel janitor takes a crazy turn when the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to come true.

Bedtime Stories
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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.

Reviewed by Kat Brown

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Even though I don`t like Adam Sandler one bit I found this extremely predictable film to be very likeable. For once he has a symphatetic part and the story was very entertaining and original. It makes you feel like a child again. Of course it won`t turn film history upside down but on a lazy friday night I found this very worthy of a watch. /B] ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 22:31, 14 July 2012 | Report This Post


I had lowish exceptions for this, and in many ways they were met. Adam Sandler is one of my least favourite comics working today, but he's not a bad as some. He grates on me and has nastiness about him which I find a little strange for an actor who is making his name in kids films. The pitch is simple, though be it unexplained. Sandler has somehow gained the ability to summon into reality, the bedtime stories which he shares with his nephew and niece. This is convenient as he is up against Gu... More

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Posted by neopol at 12:27, 23 March 2011 | Report This Post

Bedtime Stories: Great Family Film.

Not the usual film from Disney but it worked. It dealt with more adult issues than a toy going missing or monsters hiding in the wardrobe. I loved this film as it had a great cast, Russell Brand behaved in the film and was not over the top and the film was great for all ages. The story was good apart from the happily ever after bit which I suppose all Disney films have. The cast worked very well together but it could have been a bit more together and compact, I just felt that it was too long for... More

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Posted by LUCASLITTLEWOOD at 19:22, 14 June 2010 | Report This Post

Brilliant Disney Film

I remember this being advertisted a lot so I rented it out and watched it last night. It has a echanting story with romance and action, fun actors and actresses you would warm too and it's hell load of fun. Adam Sandler is a funny guy, here playing the loser guy (again!) who has to look after his sister's children while she's away. He tells them bedtime stories and suddenly they come true in the wicked way it does. The co-stars are also good from the likes of Courteney Cox, Russell Brand, Guy Pe... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:27, 02 May 2009 | Report This Post

You got's to love Sandler

I actually really enjoyed this, better then I anticipated, AND I could bare Russell Brand throughout, which, suffice to say, is impressive enough. Good fun entertainment for old and young, Sandler's still got it (despite his curly mohawk). The actual stories could have been a bit longer but other than that, a really good Disney film with its traditional, old fashioned 'good will prevail' sentiment with a modern Sandler twist. ... More

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Posted by gazzerus at 12:12, 19 February 2009 | Report This Post

Superb comedy

2 Stars? Whilst it doesn't Surpass Shankman's Hairspray, this film is one of the best kid flicks around, only a small amount of pandering and patronising, a majority of the film was funny enough, with some nice moments of insanity and Sandler was funnier here than he's been for a few years. I expected an awful kiddie flick from Disney with too much sentimentality and body humour, but whilst there is a little too much of that in some parts, the comedy far outweighs it, and makes this one grea... More

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Posted by Ethanial at 14:41, 27 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Good Boxing Day Entertainment

Likewise here.... great fun with a great cast (don't forget the wonderful Richard Griffiths and Jonathan Pryce)... wasn't expecting too much but really enjoyed it.... *** ... More

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Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 19:47, 26 December 2008 | Report This Post

Good Boxing Day Entertainment

I can't help but feel that Kat has been a little harsh with this film, it's good holiday entertainment. True, there's nothing much to it, but Sandler is charming and is backed up by a superb cast (Brand, Pearce, Courteney Cox and Keri Russell). I expected nothing when I was dragged along to see this and was mildly surprised at what I got, It was funny, charming, light-hearted entertainment for all the family. With the stress and the strain of christmas passed, switch off for an hour and a half,... More

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Posted by CIRVIRUS64 at 18:56, 26 December 2008 | Report This Post

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