Sky High

  • Directors: Mike Mitchell
  • Producers: Andrew Gunn
  • Writers: Mark McCorkle
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Michael Angarano, Kevin Heffernan, Danielle Panabaker, Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Steven Strait, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

The Commander and Jetstream are two superheroes who live in a suburban lifestyle and work as real estate agents under the names Steve and Josie Stronghold, as well as help the city. Their son, Will, tries to live up to the family name, but has yet to reveal such powers.

In the airborne high school, “Sky High”, Will fails the Power Placement test, and is assigned to be a “Sidekick”. He is told by the nurse that he may never receive any superpowers whatsoever even though he was born to two superhero parents. His only possibility of potentially acquiring powers is to fall into toxic waste. At the end of his first day at high school, the Commander entrusts him with the ‘key’ to the family’s Secret Sanctum (after promising that he will never bring anyone else there); the place where all the family’s trophies of past victories are kept, including a strange device called the “Pacifier”. The Commander tells Will about how the Pacifier was taken from an arch-enemy supervillain named Royal Pain, but little else is mentioned of Royal Pain’s demise or the Pacifier’s powers. Later in the evening, Layla meets Will on the roof of his house and comforts him about his situation.

In the end, not only Will and Layla started dating, Royal Pain and her gang are now in jail, Warren and Will are now best friends, and Ron Wilson, the bus driver for the school who was born with no powers to superhero parents, was covered in toxic waste that gave him powers and now works for the mayor to stop giant robots.

The Haunted Mansion

  • Directors: Rob Minkoff
  • Producers: Andrew Gunn, Don Hahn
  • Writers: David Berenbaum
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp, Marsha Thomason, Nathaniel Parker

Jim and Sara Evers are proprietors of Evers and Evers Real Estate and parents of 10-year-old Michael and 13-year-old Megan. Jim is a workaholic who has not been spending time with his family, much to the disapproval of his wife. On a weekend trip in which he has promised to devote time to the family, they make a detour through the swamps of New Orleans, Louisiana to Gracey Manor, a decaying but valuable property. The owners had earlier contacted Sara with interest in selling,but they end up seeing ghosts at the house.

Once the Evers arrive, a violent rainstorm erupts, and they are led inside by Ramsley, the creepy butler who is immediately disturbed that Sara did not come alone. The family is introduced to Master Edward Gracey, the heir of the house, and invited to stay the night as the roads have flooded. Michael and Megan are sent to one bedroom, Jim and Sara to another.

As Jim and Sara are separated, and Jim finds himself trapped in a secret passage, Michael and Megan are led by a floating blue orb into an attic room where they discover an antiquated painting that looks exactly like their mother. They encounter Ezra and Emma, a footman and maid respectively who work for the mansion and also warn the kids of impending danger. Megan and Michael discover that Emma and Ezra are actually ghosts, as is Master Gracey, and that Master Gracey thinks their mother is his lover Elizabeth returned to him from beyond the grave; years ago, she had seemingly committed suicide.

Jim has learned an important lesson about family, and his son and daughter have learned bravery in the face of evil. The family, now in possession of the deed to the house, head out on their vacation to the lake (with the encased head of Madame Leota in the back seat and a quartet of singing busts strapped to the back of the car singing their own version of “When the Saints Come Marching In”).

Bedtime Stories

  • Directors: Adam Shankman
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Andrew Gunn, Jack Giarraputo
  • Writers: Matt Lopez, Tim Herlihy
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand, Richard Griffiths, Teresa Palmer, Lucy Lawless, Courteney Cox

Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) is a hotel handyman who was promised as a child by his father Marty (Jonathan Pryce) to be the manager of the family hotel, which was agreed to by Mr. Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) when the Bronson family reached bankruptcy and had to sell their hotel to him. When Nottingham announces plans to build a new hotel he appoints another man, the snotty Kendall (Guy Pearce) to become the manager, overshadowing Skeeter because Kendall is dating his daughter Violet.

Skeeter’s sister Wendy (Courteney Cox) asks him to watch her kids, because the school at which she is the principal is being closed and she is looking for a job in Arizona. Skeeter, who had been told not to visit their home by Wendy’s now-divorced husband had not gotten to know his niece and nephew Bobbi and Patrick (Laura Ann Kesling and Jonathan Morgan Heit) after some initial awkwardness, with both the kids and his day shift babysitter Jill (Keri Russell) he finally decides to settle them into bed and meets their pet guinea pig Bugsy (named because his eyes “Would look big on a cow!”) as they ask him to read a story, the environmental conservative storybooks that Wendy had weren’t satisfactory, so upon deciding to make his own story, he created it, wrapping around his own life as a medieval story about a squire named “Sir Fixalot” and his antagonist “Sir Buttkiss” (Kendall) during the course of the story the entranced kids make their own additions to the story, such as the king (Nottingham) giving Sir Fixalot a chance to prove himself worthy of the kingdom’s crown and usurp Buttkiss’ chances. During the celebration, Patrick announces that it starts raining gumballs, and the story ends at that. The following day, Skeeter is called to fix Nottingham’s television which had broken and during the visit, he tells Skeeter the “secret” theme that he had announced for the hotel, which was a rock and roll theme much like that of the Hard Rock Hotel when Skeeter points this out, he is offered the opportunity to come up with a better theme, a contest to prove if he may be more right for this position against Kendall. While celebrating his luck, Skeeter suddenly is greeted with a shower of gumballs raining down from above, which was also in the story the night before. Skeeter concludes that the story that he had told to the children had come true and quickly develops a plan to use it to his advantage.

Sometime later, he marries Jill and founds a hotel named after his late father. Kendall, for trying to destroy the School with Skeeter’s nephew and niece inside the building isn’t fired, instead he and his scheming partner Aspen (Lucy Lawless) are demoted to members of the hotel wait staff. Violet marries Mickey giving him control of the Nottingham Empire, becoming the 9th richest man alive, while Nottingham himself overcomes his fears of germs and becomes the School Nurse. In the meantime newlywed Skeeter and Jill have a baby.

Freaky Friday

  • Directors: Mark Waters
  • Producers: Andrew Gunn, Mario Iscovich, Ann Marie Sanderlin
  • Writers: Mary Rodgers, Heather Hach, Leslie Dixon
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Chad Michael Murray, Mark Harmon, Ryan Malgarini, Harold Gould

Anna Coleman (Lindsay Lohan) is a common teenager who constantly rebels against her stodgy mother Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and annoying younger brother Harry (Ryan Malgarini). Sources of irritation include a rock band Anna’s in, which her mother dislikes, and Tess’s upcoming wedding to a man named Ryan (Mark Harmon), which Anna is emotionally not ready for. Also contributing to Anna’s irritation is her enemy, Stacey Hinkhouse, the “insane pyscho freak” who never seems to stop torturing her, and Anna’s English teacher, Mr. Bates, who gives her an F on every assignment, no matter how hard she tries. Her love interest is Jake (Chad Michael Murray). When the family, along with Ryan and Anna’s grandfather (Harold Gould), eat out in a Chinese restaurant, Anna and Tess quickly start into a fight again: Anna wishes to participate with the rest of her band in a talent show, however the show is the same night as Tess’s wedding rehearsal. Hearing the argument, an elderly Chinese woman offers Anna and Tess both fortune cookies. Upon opening them, there is a short earthquake which only the pair feel. The next day, Tess wakes up and discovers that she is in Anna’s body. Likewise, Anna is in her mother’s body. Confused, they decide to go back to the restaurant at lunch to find out what happened. Since Anna has an important test and Tess must go to work (as a psychologist, some of the patients are dependent on her), the two are forced into each others roles. At school, Tess is given a bad grade from Mr. Bates and realizes that he had asked her when they were younger to a dance, which she refused and now he was taking it out on Anna. Tess confronts Mr. Bates in front of both of Anna’s friends, humiliating him.

At the wedding the next day, Anna’s band performs and Anna gets a chance to dance with (and kiss) Jake. Pei-Pei’s mother notices Harry and his grandfather fighting and offers them fortune cookies…which Pei-Pei manages, via tackle, to retrieve before they are opened.

Race to Witch Mountain

  • Directors: Andy Fickman
  • Producers: Andrew Gunn, Mario Iscovich, Anne Marie Sanderlin 1
  • Writers: Andy Fickman, Mark Bomback, Matt Lopez
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, Carla Gugino

Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson) is a cab driver in Las Vegas, who is picking up and dropping off passengers to the UFO convention at the Planet Hollywood Casino and Hotel. One of his passengers is Dr. Alex Friedman (Carla Gugino), a failed scientist who is giving speeches about legitimate scientific theories of UFOs and outer space.

The next day Bruno is approached by two large men telling him that Wolff would like to see him. After fighting them, Bruno drives off, later noticing two children, Sara (AnnaSophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) sitting in the back seat of the cab. They tell him they need to go to a certain destination and are willing to pay all they have ($15,000) to get there. They lead him to a run down house in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, Major Henry Burke (Ciaran Hinds) is searching for information on the two aliens that landed some days earlier.

When they arrive at the house, the children tell Bruno that they will be re-united with their relatives soon. Before leaving Bruno hears a crash coming from the house. He is startled to find them hiding behind a couch. Though grateful for his concern, the children tell him they must continue their journey without him, as they can trust no one. Nevertheless, Bruno decides to follow them, which leads him to the basement of the house. There the kids are pursued and attacked by a strange creature as they retrieve an object in a plant. They manage to escape from this creature.

During the end credits, Bruno and Dr. Friedman (now a couple) are speaking at a UFO convention about their new successful book called “Race to Witch Mountain”. The last scene shows them driving off in a car Bruno dreamed of getting honestly as he had mentioned to Friedman earlier—a Mustang similar to that driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt. As they are about to leave, the device the kids gave Bruno before they left goes off, indicating that they may be returning.