Bedtime Stories, staring Adam Sandler and Courtney Cox wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. From the previews, you’re given the impression that there is a lot of story telling going on that turns into fantasy brought to life. However, that is not the case. Granted there are parts of the story telling that do turn into real world action but each with a certain twist to the story being told.
Sandler and Cox are brother and sister who are raised in a small family hotel. Upon their hotel going bankrupt, they are bought by a British man who turns it into a huge money making grand hotel with mass success. Though, before Sandler’s father would agree to sell the property, Sandler was to be made the head manager once all grown up. Instead, Sandler is the appointed maintenance man.
Cox, who is going through a divorce and at risk of losing her job as principle due to her school being shut down and sold, she is forced to go to Arizona for a job interview for a new position. Sandler is put on split kid duty with his sister’s friend. At night, Sandler is responsible for getting the kids into bed and as most kids request, he is put on the spot for bedtime stories.
Searching for a good book, Cox only has over the top environmental books to offer the kids. Not satisfied with the choices, Sandler begins to create stories on his own. As he goes along, the kids help out, putting in their little pieces here and there. Each time a story is finished, a twinkling is heard as if releasing some magic. The next day, Sandler begins to see what he at first believes to be only coincident.
Venting his daily work troubles through stories with the kids, he eventually figures out that the parts of the bedtime stories that the kids make up, in one way or another come true. Competing for the new head manager position for the opening of an even grander hotel, falling for his sister’s best friend and working to save the kid’s school, Sandler tries to lead the kids to take part in making up stories to benefit their situations with out letting them know what’s going on.
The movie definitely has its funny parts and wasn’t an out right horrible movie. Adam Sandler plays his well known goofy guy with a hint of needed anger management role. I think I would have liked the movie a lot more if I had simply disregarded the previews and went in open minded. It kind of reminded me of what they did with the movie Tarabithia. They displayed the movie as one that spends a lot of time in this elaborate imagined world by two kids. When watching the movie, every part of the film that had to do with this magical world was pretty much summed up in the previews and the movie followed almost a completely different path.