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BEDTIME STORIES

Fantasy and reality collide when a hotel handyman, Skeeter Bronson (played by Adam Sandler) reluctantly agrees to look after his niece and nephew in order to help his sister out. To keep them quiet, he resorts to storytelling and in doing so, unwittingly opens the door to their vivid imaginations. Skeeter soon realises that the events in the fantasy world seemed to be strangely mirrored in his own life. Ultimately, the kids have the last laugh as it is their make-believe bedtime stories that magically come true, much to their uncle`s surprise.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 25 Dec 2008
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy
Running Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Distributor: BUENA VISTA INTERNATIONAL
Cast: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand
Director: Adam Shankman
Format: NA

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Writer: Lai Swee Wei

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Watch this if you liked: "Ella Enchanted", "Inkheart", "Enchanted"

"Bedtime Stories" is a classic Disney comedy combined with funnyman Adam Sandler where the magical stories ranging from Wild West and medieval times to ancient Greece and outer space are brought to life. Diving far away from his obscene Israeli hairstylist in "You Don't Mess With The Zohan", Adam Sandler has his own brand of acting that is in fact quite apparent in this film and can be spotted in previous films such as "Happy Gilmore" and "Mr. Deeds". His performance blends well with what the story needs, natural humour.

Adam plays hotel handyman Skeeter Bronson who has to take care of his niece and nephew, while his health-obsessed sister is away searching for a job. One night, he tells the kids and a rather bug-eyed guinea pig a bedtime story and the next day the imaginative story comes to life! The imaginative story that both the kids and Skeeter cooked up are so ridiculously funny and comically layered with the adorable Bugsy, a 100% CGI guinea pig character. Seems like there is a strange interest to include rodents in films lately, like the TV-obsessed hamster in "Bolt" and the diamond-stealing rat in "Beverly Hills Chihuahua". Sporting such names in the story like Sir Fix-a-lot and Sir Buttkiss, what's not to like?

The film carries some good stars such as Guy Pearce ("Traitor"), Courtney Cox (TV sitcom "Friends"), Richard Griffiths ("Harry Potter" franchise) and Russell Brand ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"). I would've expected Courtney to play a funnier role than the dull health freak mum but the kids were not bad! The film also has a few surprises up its sleeve with cameos by Rob Schneider and Carmen Electra. Seeing the wacky Rob Schneider there as the "Red Indian" in the story felt refreshing and made me wish he had a bigger role!

As far as special effects go, it's beautifully crafted to the very details of the vivid colours to make this a story to remember, especially the ending. Sweet touch with the popup book idea!

On the whole, "Bedtime Stories" is one story that will not make you go to sleep.

Cinema Online, 31 December 2008
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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