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Bedtime Stories (2008)

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 who promises to hire Skeeter in a general manager position when he has 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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Rated PG for some mild rude humor and mild language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuentos que no son cuentos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,450,296, 28 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$110,101,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$212,874,442
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The hotel owner's name is Barry and Skeeter's futuristic name is Barakto; both references to president Obama. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie when Skeeter goes to his sister's house for her daughter Bobbi's birthday, Skeeter mistakes Patrick to be Bobbi, presumably due to the "boyish" sounding name. However when Wendy's best friend Jill shows up and is talking to Skeeter outside of the house, the present she has with her is wrapped in very "boyish" wrapping paper with basketballs and footballs all over it. See more »

Quotes

Skeeter Bronson: Okay, I'll do it. But you gotta say ''Skeeter's the coolest, I'm the nerd''.
Wendy: "Skeeter's the coolest, I'm the nerd"?
Skeeter Bronson: Yeah you are!
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Crazy Credits

The Walt Disney logo turns into a pop-up page from a storybook. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Warriors (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Me Amadeus
Written by Ferdi Bolland (as Ferdinand Bolland), Rob Bolland (as Robert Bolland),
Falco (as John Hoelzel)
Performed by Falco
Courtesy of Reverso Musik Productions GmbH, Wien and Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Austria) GmbH
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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"Bedtime Stories" is NO bedtime story!
8 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

I was expecting another tacky platitude, similar to the unwatchable "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium", the unacceptable "Night at the Museum", the sugary "Charlotte's Web", and sundry other brainless and uninspired productions of the recent years which seem to bank on the medieval idea that children would be some gullible half-morons willing to swallow even the most awkward smoke-and-shadows games... Well, NO! "Bedtime Stories" is NO bedtime story - it's not meant to put anyone to stuporous sleep, being instead witty, energizing and fully enjoyable! The script is intelligent, with a solid structure and flexible articulations, and the directing, more than adequate: precise to a point, expressive, spirited and brilliant. In many senses, it reminded me the well-being that I've always been owing to the Zemeckis' "Back to the Future" trilogy: a movie that simply makes you feel full of buoyancy! I hate such politically correct (read: efficiently brainwashing) labels as "family movies", so I state it clearly: it's a good movie for children of all ages - from 3 to 83!


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