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Bedtime Stories (2008)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  25 December 2008 (USA)
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A hotel handyman's life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.



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Laura Ann Kesling ...
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In 1974, Marty Bronson builds the Sunny Vista Motel in Los Angeles, California, with the intention of raising his son Skeeter and his daughter Wendy in the place where he works. However he is not a good businessman and the hotel goes bankrupt. Marty is forced to sell his motel to Barry Nottingham that promises to hire Skeeter in a general manager position when he grown up. Years later, Barry builds a new hotel; forgets his promise to Marty; and Skeeter Bronson is only the handyman of his hotel. The general manager is the arrogant Kendall, who is engaged with the shallow Barry's daughter Violet Nottingham. When the Webster Elementary School where Wendy is the principal will be closed to be demolished, she needs to travel to Arizona for a job interview. Wendy asks her friend Jill, who is teacher in the same school, to watch her son Patrick and her daughter Bobbi during the day and Skeeter to watch them during the night. Skeeter meets the estranged kids with his best friend Mickey and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild rude humor and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuentos que no son cuento  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,551,605 (UK) (26 December 2008)


$109,993,847 (USA) (6 March 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Adam Sandler, Russell Brand's performance out of the main cast scored the highest among test audiences. See more »


When Skeeter's riding the motorcycle to save the school, the gears shift even though he doesn't throttle down or engage the clutch. See more »


Skeeter Bronson: What's on my head?
Patrick: Bugsy.
Skeeter Bronson: Why do you call him Bugsy?
Patrick: Because of his eyes.
Skeeter Bronson: Well let's see his eyes.
[sees Bugsy's huge eyes and screams]
Skeeter Bronson: Wow! Those eyes would be big on a cow!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


I'm On Fire
Written and Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Entertainment
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User Reviews

I liked Bedtime Stories
31 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My granddaughter, 11, picked the movie as I am generally a ScFi guy. I have to say that I enjoyed and laughed as much as she did. I didn't see anything hackneyed or clichéd moments lend itself to funny cookie cutter movies, except the role reversal with the waiter thing, but oddly enough, that can happen in real life...the movie moves at a nice brisk pace, making you want a little more depth at certain points such as sibling interaction, but it is about that phase between is Santa real and the real world. And yes Santa is real..No its not a Santa movie..take the kids to it and find out, enjoy, or vice versa, I recommend it highly. You will not feel leaving the movie ripped off by any means, which not surprisingly happens more often than not. May you all enjoy it as we did.

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