I've been a sucker for Adam Sandler since Saturday Night Live, and even more so after he chatted up his daughters on Letterman, but it was my 4-year-old who practically dragged me to his latest flick, Bedtime Stories, after she saw it rained gumballs in the trailer.
Once we settled into our seats to watch the story of Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler), a hotel handy man who collaboratively tells imaginative tales with his niece and nephew that come true, I was enjoying the movie as much as my daughter. The four bedtime fantasies — Medieval, old West, ancient Greece, and outer space — are brought to life with the cast members playing roles in each tale. The result is a fantastical adventure filled with a mermaid, a red horse, chariot X-games and a booger monster that keeps kids sitting in their seats and adults engaged.
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While the younger set is smitten with Bugsy, a pet guinea pig with unusually big eyes and a personality to match, the scenes between Skeeter and the children, Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heit) and Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling), are what pulls on a parent's heartstrings. When his uptight sister Wendy (Courteney Cox), goes to Arizona in search of a new job, the laid-back uncle who barely knows his charges steps in and becomes a goofy yet sincere hero of sorts to the kids who don't have a father figure. From allowing the children to eat their first burger to roasting marshmallows on the roof of the hotel, Skeeter forges a bond with the youngsters and wins over Jill (Keri Russell), Wendy's environmentally conscious friend, who helps with babysitting duties.
If you're looking for a whimsical family movie that will give you a chance to relax and laugh with your lil ones, Bedtime Stories is a must-see.