Today's review was actually supposed to be a double feature as well, as the kids and I watched both Bedroom Stories and City of Ember, however I wasn't as impressed with City of Ember as I thought that I would be - the kids enjoyed it, and I rated it 3 stars on Netflix, it's just that I don't feel that it's worth blogging about.
With that said, here are my thoughts on Bedtime Stories:
Genre - Comedy/Family/Fantasy
Year Released - 2008
Running Time - 99 minutes
Directed by Adam Shankman (who also directed The Pacifier and the 2007 re-make of Hairspray)
Written by Matt Lopez (who also wrote Race to Witch Mountain as well as the upcoming The Sorcerer's Apprentice) and Tim Herlihy (who also wrote a ton of Sandler's earlier films, including Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Little Nicky, and Mr Deeds)
Adam Sandler (who was in each of the above movies written by Tim Herlihy as well as Airheads, Bullet Proof, 50 First Dates, and of course - my favorite - You Don't Mess With The Zohan)
Kerri Russell (Honey, I Blew Up the Kids and The Upside of Anger)
Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential, Memento, and Ravenous)
Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon from the Harry Potter films, Sleepy Hollow, and Goldeneye)
Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
Courtney Cox (Monica from Friends, the Scream films, and The Tripper)
And of course, Rob Schneider makes a cameo [as both an Indian and a thief]
Rating: 4 Skulls
Skeeter Bronson is a down-on-his-luck guy who's always telling bedtime stories to his niece and nephew, and whose life is turned upside down when these fantastical stories suddenly turn into reality. Now, all the outrageous characters and situations that Skeeter has ever imagined have morphed into actual people and events in his life. But can he manage his own unruly fantasies now that they've come true?
The film starts off, in 1974, narrated by Skeeter's [Adam Sandler] father, who owns the Sunny View Motel. When the motel is bought out by Mr Nottingham [Richard Griffiths] Skeeter's father asks that when Skeeter becomes a man, he be able to run the motel. . .
Jump to the present day where Skeeter is indeed part of the Nottingham Sunny View Motel, however rather than running it, he is the handy-man for the motel.
When Skeeter's sister [played by Courtney Cox] informs him that the school where she is principal is closing and she needs him to watch her children, he accepts. Another teacher at the school [Kerri Russell] has agreed to watch them during the day, while Skeeter watches them at night.
This is where the "bedtime stories" come into play. [you've all seen the trailers, I'm sure - if not, check out the one below] so I am not going to go into great detail there. Just know that the stories are pretty much Skeeter's life fantasized with Medieval, Western, Gladiator, and Sci-Fi settings.
The core of the story revolves around Mr Nottingham wanting to build a better and more grand hotel. He plans on having Kendall [played by Guy Pearce] run the new hotel. [Reason being is that Kendall is dating his daughter, Violet - think Paris Hilton] However when Mr Nottingham asks Kendall to come up with a "theme" for the hotel, the best that Kendall is able to come up with is a "Hard Rock" type of theme. When Mr Nottingham isn't impressed, he informs Skeeter that if he can come up with a better theme than Kendall, then he can run the new hotel. . .
There is more to it of course, but that is all you need to know, for now :-)
Here's the trailer: