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Adam Shankman
Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce
Writing Credits:
Matt Lopez, Tim Herlihy

When Skeeter Bronson babysits his sister's children, his imagination runs wild as he dreams up elaborate bedtime stories -and they come true.

Box Office:
$80 million.
Opening Weekend
$27,450,296 on 3681 screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated PG

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
French Dolby.1
Spanish Dolby 5.1
Closed-captioned Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 99 min.
Price: $9.99
Release Date: 4/7/2009

• “Until Gravity Do Us Part” Featurette
• “To All the Little People” Featurette
• “It’s Bugsy” Featurette
• “Laughter Is Contagious” Outtakes
• Deleted Scenes
• Sneak Peeks


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Bedtime Stories [Blu-Ray] (2008)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 19, 2020)

With 2008’s Bedtimes Stories, Adam Sandler brings us a family-oriented comedy-fantasy. Sandler plays Skeeter Bronson, a hotel maintenance man who hopes to get a promotion to general manager.

This doesn’t look promising until he takes on a nighttime babysitting gig for his sister (Courteney Cox). While she heads out of town to pursue a new job, Skeeter cares for young Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling) and Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heit).

When Skeeter tells the kids a bedtime story, he sees its events soon become true – in a fashion. Convinced that his nighttime tales can work magic, Skeeter attempts to positively influence his life via this method. This means lots of bedtime stories with the kids and lots of crazy antics that result.

When I reviewed 2008’s Yes Man, I picked on its basic concept as I thought the movie suffered from an idiotic, illogical premise. In the case of Stories, however, I like the film’s underlying idea.

Sure, it’s actually less plausible than Yes Man. While Stories creates real-world explanations for everything that happens, the fact that the events echo the tales indicates some form of magic at work.

Yes Man offers no supernatural elements, so someone could execute its idea. That person would be an idiot, however, and that side of things harms the film.

Stories takes a fantastic premise and runs with it to show what an average person would do when given access to magical powers, and I like that idea.

I also enjoy the fact that Skeeter immediately embraces the story’s conceit. In movies of this sort, characters usually are absolutely unwilling to accept the supernatural despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Not Skeeter – he’s on board with the magic from minute one. That’s actually pretty illogical, of course, but it’s such a refreshing change from the usual stubborn refusal to accept the fantastic that I like it.

Unfortunately, too much of the rest of Stories follows a well-worn Disney path. Honestly, there’s almost nothing about the tale that stands out as unusual in terms of characters and their arcs.

The movie doesn’t worry about logic or common sense in a lot of ways, and it throws out a lot of predictable elements. Seriously, the second that Skeeter meets Jill (Keri Russell) and they hate each other, does anyone doubt that they’ll fall in love?

Actually, I suppose some parts of the audience won’t see that coming, as Stories clearly aims for a pretty young demographic. Unlike most Sandler efforts, Stories comes across as something intended for the nine and under set.

That means parts of it seems a bit awkward. The filmmakers offer some concessions to adults along the way, so those elements don’t join terribly well with the more kiddie-oriented stuff. The latter side rules, as this is a pretty broad flick, and the nods toward adults feel like they’re from a different movie.

Indeed, a lot of the performers act like they’re in different movies. Sandler essentially plays the same kind of man-child role he often does, though he tones down the idiot side of things.

After all, we have to accept Skeeter as a credible nominee for hotel general manager, so he can’t be a buffoon. Sandler does pretty well with the part, as he adds some humor to a fairly forgettable role.

As for the rest, they’re a mishmash of styles. Cox and Russell play things straight, while Russell Brand – as Skeeter’s co-worker and best friend – basically does a less profane version of his usual shtick.

As the villain, Guy Pearce comes straight out of community theater. He’s so broad that he becomes a distraction.

Yes, I understand that he’s supposed to be the mustache-twirling baddie, and the film’s framework allows for cartoony work. Nonetheless, Pearce shows little flair for comedy, and his performance fails to mesh well with the rest of the movie.

All of this leaves Bedtime Stories as a fairly so-so movie. It does some things well but feels like it came from a factory at times. I like the premise and think it produces a few laughs, but it remains mediocre much of the time.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus C-

Bedtime Stories appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Overall, the transfer satisfied.

Overall sharpness worked fine. A couple of slightly soft shots materialized, but these remained modest.

No signs of jaggies or moiré effects popped up, and edge enhancement stayed absent. Source flaws also failed to materialize.

With its fantastic tale, Stories boasted a bright, candy-colored palette much of the time. The hues looked excellent, as the film took good advantage of them and delivered dynamic colors.

Blacks were dark and firm, and shadows looked smooth and concise. Most of the image satisfied.

I also found satisfactory audio from the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, though it seemed a bit less ambitious than I expected. Stories came with a lot of action/fantasy sequences, and those didn’t open up the spectrum as well as I anticipated.

Oh, they did okay in that regard, especially during the film’s third act. In particular, the science-fiction sequence showed nice range.

However, other scenes just weren’t all that engaging. For instance, the gumball shower focused on the front speakers and didn’t use the surrounds well even though that sequence seemed like one suited for five-channel material.

I thought the track created a good sense of place and action. I just didn’t feel it was as involving as it should’ve been.

No issues with audio quality emerged. Speech was always concise and crisp, and music showed nice range. The score provided good punch and filled out the track well.

Effects sounded tight and vivid, especially during the louder action-oriented scenes. This was a perfectly competent soundtrack.

How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The lossless audio showed more range and impact, while visuals appeared tighter and more dynamic. This became a nice upgrade.

The Blu-ray repeats most of the DVD’s extras, and we find some featurettes. Until Gravity Do Us Part goes for four minutes and includes notes from visual effects supervisor John Andrew Berton, Jr. and fight choreographer Garrett Warren.

They cover the execution of the film’s big science-fiction sequence. Despite the featurette’s brevity, it proves to be tight and informative. It packs a lot of good info into its short running time.

During the five-minute, 24-second To All the Little People, we hear from director Adam Shankman and actors Laura Ann Kesling, Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Keri Russell, Russell Brand and Jonathan Morgan Heit.

“People” looks at the film’s lead child actors. Essentially we learn how cute and fun they are. A few decent shots from the set appear, but don’t expect much.

For info about the movie’s guinea pig, we go to It’s Bugsy. This one lasts three minutes, 42 seconds and includes Kesling, Heit, Cox, actor Teresa Palmer, and animal coordinator Steve Berens.

This acts as an animal version of “Little People”, so it throws out a few minor facts but mostly offers a fluffy look at its cute subject. Yawn!

Laughter Is Contagious goes for six minutes, 48 seconds and shows the usual mistakes and goofing around on the set. With Sandler and other comics involved, one might expect more improv laughs ala Jim Carrey’s outtakes, but for the most part, this is an ordinary collection of mistakes and giggles.

Under Cutting Room Floor, we get 12 deleted scenes that fill a total of 10 minutes, 25 seconds. Almost all of these extend existing sequences that don’t move along the plot.

We do get an alternate version of the “Broadway Musical” pitch, and “Magic Of Course” sets up the supernatural premise a little earlier. Nothing great appears here, but you’ll find a few laughs.

A few ads open the disc. We get clips for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, G-Force and Monsters Inc.

Sneak Peeks adds promos for Hannah Montana: The Movie, Morning Light and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. No trailer for Stories appears here.

The Blu-ray drops one extra from the DVD: a promo for the Blu-ray format. It was pretty worthless – and would seem even less useful on a Blu-ray, since clearly purchasers don’t need to be convinced of the format’s advantages.

As a family comedy, Bedtime Stories has its moments, but don’t expect greatness. The movie features an uneven mix of hits and misses that satisfies to a moderate degree but never quite catches fire. The Blu-ray provides good picture and audio but skimps on meaningful extras. This is decent family fare.

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