Every Christmas, movie goers have a wide variety of choices to go to. They have Oscar contenders to go see, if they can find them in their local theater. But they will have better luck finding kiddie movies that the whole family can see during Christmas and holiday time. This year, one of the holiday family choices comes from Disney, of course. But it also comes from Adam Sandler, of all unlikely people, as he tells Bedtime Stories for the family.
Sandler moves from his crude, barely PG-13 formula to play a less crude, but still goofy version of himself for Bedtime Stories, from Hairspray director Adam Shankman. Sandler is a frustrated hotel worker who has to look after his sister’s kids for a while. But when he tells them a wacky bedtime story, elements from it begin to come true in real life.
Naturally, he seeks to use this new power in the dream world to get ahead in the real world. But since this is Disney, Sandler has to learn some life lessons instead.
In terms of the holiday family demographic, Sandler, Disney and Bedtime Stories have to share the spotlight with the dog weepy Marley and Me. But since Bedtime Stories has Sandler, Disney backing, and ads featuring a hamster with bigger bug eyes than Lost’s Ben Linus, Bedtime Stories should do well for itself.
Naturally, bad reviews won’t get in the way of box office, which is usually the case for Sandler and Disney. Bedtime Stories does have lower reviews than even some of Sandler’s lowly rated crude comedies, however.
Rating at just 15% positive at Rotten Tomatoes, Bedtime Stories is dubbed as “uneven, poorly paced, and lacks the requisite whimsy to make it work.”
Sandler is just following in the tradition of comedians who go from adult-oriented slapstick to family fare. This tradition has claimed the likes of Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, and many others who went to Disney, or Disney like material, as they got older.
But Sandler’s on-screen persona has barely grown up over the years, so Disney is still a fitting place for him to land. Bedtime Stories may be a different story, however.
Sandler and Bedtime Stories are still expected to win the Christmas box office, just above Marley and Me, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and many other Christmas day releases.
Rotten Tomatoes- “Bedtime Stories” www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bedtime_stories/
Box Office Mojo- “Movie Prediction Game” www.boxofficemojo.com/derbygame/