In Disney's effects-heavy Christmas Day release, Sandler plays a handyman who tells bedtime stories to his niece and nephew that come magically to life replete with fantastical sequences set in ancient Greece, outer space, and medieval times. Picture Sandler ''driving an out-of-control four-horse chariot, in a toga, with a little Ben-Hur haircut,'' marvels Shankman (Cheaper by the Dozen 2). ''It's a big, family-comedy what-if movie.''
Our Two Cents Shankman's hot off Hairspray, and Sandler showed in Big Daddy that he was good with kids. 12/25