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Bedtime Stories

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Bedtime Stories
Tracy Bennett

Bedtime Stories

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
98 minutes
Wide Release Date:
12/25/08
performer:
Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Guy Pearce, Keri Russell
director:
Adam Shankman
distributor:
Walt Disney Pictures
author:
Matt Lopez
genre:
Kids and Family, Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a D

Kids love Adam Sandler, who has played more than his share of men who would be boys, so a cockeyed kiddie fantasy flick ought to be a natural fit for him. But Bedtime Stories is even worse than his innocuous Hanukkah cartoon, Eight Crazy Nights (2002). It’s a dispirited, galumphing mess in which Sandler, as a hotel handyman who spins out tall tales for his niece and nephew, pictures himself in assorted historical-kitsch guises (doofus medieval peasant, doofus Wild West cowpoke, doofus space warrior, etc.), all of which add up to a soggier sponge cake of a time-trip burlesque than Mel Brooks’ History of the World: Part I. D