Friday, January 15, 2010
Bedtime Stories (2008)
Directed by Adam Shankman. Adam Sandler is not a gifted comedian and does not make me laugh but it does seem like the older he gets the sweeter personality elements of his characters seem more believable, more endearing and sometimes less maudlin. There's no way I could see something as loud and outrageous as another "Little Nicky" or "The Waterboy" but he was perfectly tolerable in "Funny People" and I caught myself liking this movie despite all of its stupid parts.
This is one of those dumb movies where the themes and plot are much too sophisticated for children to follow but the story, moral and characters clearly have in mind a movie for kids. In the end it ends up perfect for nobody. It's a movie that probably gets Sandler laid because it makes him seem really sweet.
It's got a good gimmick but one that, as usual in a movie of this sort, Hollywood gets tired of playing around with somewhere in the second act and just abandons. Sandler plays Skeeter, a guy who, for no apparent reason explained by the otherwise extensively detailed back story, sometimes seems to be perfectly well-mannered and normal and at other times speaks in that growly, angry Adam Sandler voice and seems to have no sense of decorum. Anyway, Skeeter has to take care of his niece and nephew for a few days and tells the bedtime stories and, again for no apparent reason, whenever the children contribute ideas to the stories, contemporary versions of their contributions come true in Skeeter's own life.
And in the end, he learns how to love.
I just talked myself out of liking this piece of shit.