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Vulcan Stev’s Month-Late Movie Review…. “Bedtime Stories”

Starring:bedtime_stories_movie_poster
Adam Sandler …  Skeeter Bronson
Keri Russell …  Jill
Guy Pearce …  Kendall
Russell Brand …  Mickey
Richard Griffiths …  Barry Nottingham
Teresa Palmer …  Violet Nottingham
Lucy Lawless …  Aspen
Courteney Cox …  Wendy

Reviewers; VS, Mrs. VS, PIT #1, PIT #2, PIT #3

Plot Synopsis from IMDb: Marty Bronson (Jonathan Pryce) who raises his son and daughter on his own has to sell his homey motel to clever Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) who promises to make Marty’s son manager, when he’s grown up and has proven himself. Nottingham pulls down the motel to raise a pricey hotel. Although grown up, Marty’s son Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) works as a janitor and general servant, but unlikely as it seems, he still dreams of becoming the manager. When Nottingham announces a brand-new gigantic hotel project, he makes his future son-in-law, base Kendall (Guy Pierce), manager, shattering Skeeter’s dream. At the same time Skeeter’s sister Wendy (Courtney Cox) has to leave town for a job interview and asks him to alternate looking after her two children Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heit) and Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling) with Wendy’s responsible-minded colleague Jill (Keri Russell). He doesn’t get along with either Jill or the children, but his easy-goingness loosens them all up and once he starts telling his bedtime stories, the children grow fond of him and begin to bring in their ideas about how the stories should go. When the stories turn out to become true in real life, Skeeter tries to maneuver the stories into a direction which will make his dream come true, too.

VS: 1.9 pointed ears
Normally, I don’t care much for Adam Sandler.  He usually is not my cup of tea.  However Mrs. VS was looking for a bright spot in her day and wanted to go see a family comedy.  Our choices this week were “Bedtime Stories” and “Marley & Me”.  Dog movie, Adam Sandler, Dog movie, Adam Sandler at least the promos for Bedtime Stories looked better.  The first portion of the movie didn’t do much to dispel my doubts about Adam Sandler flicks.  It laboriously introduced the characters and seemed to me at least to drag on much to long.

However once the bedtime stories began, the movie began to take off.  Mr Sandler proved he can get laughs without resorting to his normal “R” rated shticks.  The kids were absolutely believable.  There were places where the entire theater laughed out loud.  I would’ve given this film 2 ears if not for the slow start.

Mrs. VS: 2 pointed ears
I haven’t had much opportunity to laugh recently.  This was a very nice diversion and I enjoyed it immensely.  It is a very family friendly film.

PIT #1: 2 pointed ears
Poetic Justice.  Kids need to be kids.  The scene with the health food was hilarious.  I am not a slavish Adam Sandler fan.  He did a good job in this flick.

PIT #2: 2 pointed ears
It’s not Adam Sandler’s usual work.  The movie was still hilarious.

PIT #3: 2 pointed ears
It was so cool that a penny postponed the kissing.  This movie was full of funny moments

Overall rating: 9.9 pointed ears out of 10
A family friendly film worth the price of admission, buyable if you have kids, definitely a rentable flick

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February 3, 2009 - Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Good call on the movie choice. Marley & Me was a good movie, but suckered me in the end. Don’t go see this if you are a dog lover! You will cry!

    I wanted to see Valkyrie, but got pulled into this one by my brother and sister in law! Don’t think I won’t remember this!

    Ahem.

    Hope to see Bedtime Stories in the near future. I’d love to hear the families review of Inkheart.

    Comment by Hank Harwell | February 3, 2009

  2. PIT #1 saw Valkyrie and reccomends it. Inkheart is on our list of want to see. Waiting on the dollar theater to get it.

    Comment by Vulcan Stev | February 3, 2009


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