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Bedtime Stories

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Source: Catholic News Service

The fanciful yarns a hotel handyman (Adam Sandler) spins about his own life while baby-sitting his niece and nephew (Laura Ann Kesling and Jonathan Morgan Heit) start to come true, affecting his competition with the hostelry's toadying manager (Guy Pearce) for their boss' (Richard Griffiths) favor, and shifting his romantic interest from his employer's glamorous daughter (Teresa Palmer) to his sister's (Courteney Cox) down-to-earth friend (Keri Russell). Aside from some mildly crude gags, director Adam Shankman's adventure comedy—which affirms perseverance and family unity—is unobjectionable, and the fantasy sequences are entertaining, though the humor is clearly geared to the grade-school set. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I—general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG— parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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