If you like Adam Sandler's loud and bawdy style (or lack of it), you will warm to this lively and undemanding fable that reminds us we are limited only by our imagination. Raining gumballs, galloping on a cherry-red steed, a kiss from a fair maiden and driving in an ancient Greek chariot race are some of the ingredients incorporated into the bedtime stories Sandler's Skeeter tells his young niece and nephew at night, which magically eventuate into his real life. The premise is fine as all the central characters find their way into the stories and the bizarre becomes unexpectedly plausible. It's funny and fresh, and Sandler is nicely contrasted by the lovely and feminine Keri Russell (notable in Waitress) who brings warmth and heart to the proceedings. Director Adam Shankman's biggest questionable decision is to portray Richard Griffiths' hotel owner Barry Nottingham and his heir apparent Kendall as caricatures. It works well enough in the case of Griffiths, but this is not a role that suits the talented Pearce, as he hams it up like a vaudeville boo-hiss villain and unfortunately comes out second best. The two eight year old youngsters are as delightful as they are natural, and it is their impulsive and instinctive re-writing of elements from the nightly storytelling that becomes integral to the plot and story outcome. Russell Brand (who made his acting debut in Forgetting Sarah Marshall), injects his own brand of humor and charisma as Mickey, the room-service waiter with sleep panic disorder and Australian actress Teresa Palmer is impressive as the spoiled-little-rich-girl daughter, engaged to the ambitious Kendall. Youngsters will enjoy the laughs generated by the saucer-eyed guinea pig Bugsy, who tags along with Skeeter and his niece and nephew everywhere. Anything can happen in a story, Heit's Patrick tells Skeeter when he starts to recount a fantasy involving a medieval castle, a king, his daughter and a mermaid. But each story involves elements that connect to Skeeter's own life. And as Skeeter tries to steer the stories to include endings of his choosing, Bobbi and Patrick insist on their own input, with clear thoughts of their own as to whether or not stories can have a happy ending. Don't look for too much realism, but the scene in which Sandler's tongue swells up (after being bitten by a bee) and he gets Brand (wearing a hula skirt and coconut halves) to translate his nonsensical attempts at speech at a formal presentation, is wonderfully ridiculous. There is never any doubt that all will end well - after all, this is a bedtime story, and Sandler, who recently became a father for the first time, reportedly was keen to make a comedy that was family friendly. Good enough for the kids, silly enough for the adults. A 4 on my "Go See" scale, with a happily ever after on top.