He’s the archetypal Mr Under-Appreciated by now. For Adam Sandler has never really digressed from his first few roles of the affable underdog that made him a household name, some years ago. And like all 70 mm underdogs, Sandler too is a topdog in disguise. It doesn’t take long for our bumbling hero to walk away with the Ferrari and the fair maiden, just like all those perfect Prince Charmings in the fairy tales. So how can it be any different with Bedtime Stories, where Sandler is actually supposed to tell happily-ever-after stories to two young kids. The metaphor must live on….
Loser Sandler ends up as a handyman in the hotel his father built, simply because he isn’t smart, urbane, yuppie, cocky. Or better still, he isn’t Mr Butt Kisser, like his rival, Kendall (Guy Pearce) who not only plans to walk away with the top job, but also with the hot girl, who happens to be the owner’s Paris Hilton-ish daughter.
Having been bred on his father’s bedtime stories, Sandler still believes fairy tales don’t have sad endings. This belief is reiterated by his young nephew and niece, when he babysits them for a few nights, while their mom (Courtney Cox) goes job hunting. The kids always find a happy ending for his sad bedtime stories which always feature him as the loser hero, dreaming to grow from handyman to hotel incharge.
Time for the magic to begin. One by one, the stories begin to turn true. It actually rains gumballs in drab real life, the fair maiden almost kisses him, the Ferrari seems to be round the corner and the zero is all set to metamorphose into a hero.
This may not quite be the best from sad sack Sandler’s gag bag, nevertheless, there’s enough gooey stuff to keep the sweetness flowing. The film has some zany moments when Sandler’s strange bedtime stories are actually translated on screen, complete with mermaids, monsters, gladiators, robots and space wars. But the essence lies in the emotional core, where Sandler tries to prove to the kids that he isn’t the bad guy. He’s the hero!This one’s good timepass family fare.