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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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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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What if the stories you told came to life? See more »

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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On the demolition board, one of the names is Harry E. Otto, who is the assistant art director of the movie. See more »


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Skeeter Bronson: Happy birthday, Bobbi!
[Hands her bags]
Skeeter Bronson: Picked this up at the hotel.
Bobbi: [pulling items out of the bag] Shampoo? Soap?
Patrick: [pulling items out of the bag] A hanger and a towel?
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Good family fun...
27 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We went to this movie with my two kids (ages 7 and 10, both girls), my Brother-in-law and his wife and their two kids (ages six and nine, both boys.) We were a bit apprehensive about this due to the poor critics ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. (Frankly, the critics gave it abysmal ratings and I almost avoided this entirely because of those ratings.) And perhaps they were right. But I know that despite the critics we all enjoyed it greatly. Maybe it was just the mood we were all in or the good meal we just had before the movie but we laughed throughout. Obviously there is no high-brow humor here or social commentary to be made. It's just a movie who's sole purpose is simply to have fun.

Cookie cutter? Perhaps. In fact, in retrospect I'm sure it was. But it was still enjoyable.

So if your looking for something more than what you see in the previews, forget it. It isn't happening. This movie makes no pretenses about what it is exactly about: good fun. If your looking for anything other than that, you're going to be disappointed.

On the down side, some of the best moments were captured in the previews. While this certainly isn't the first movie to this (not the last I'm sure), it always seems to take something away from the experience of watching the movie. But there were plenty of other twists and turns in this movie that helped minimize the effect this had on the overall viewing experience.

Overall this movie was a delight for kids both big and small in our group. You'll enjoy it if you watch it with a child's eye...and not those big ones Bugsy has!!!

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