Adam Sandler became a comic star by mining arrested development for laughs. He found variations to his attack: there is the infantile Sandler of Billy Madison
, and the sweet, innocent Sandler of The Wedding Singer
. However, Bedtime Stories
marks the first time he's tried to make a child-friendly movie.
The tale begins with Skeeter Bronson, a young boy, helping his father (Jonathan Pryce) run a modest L.A. motel, until the father sells the failing enterprise to British businessman Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths), with the understanding that Skeeter will be allowed to run the business when he becomes an adult. Thirty years later, the...