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

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25 December 2008 (USA)  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,551,605 (UK) (26 December 2008)

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$109,993,847 (USA) (6 March 2009)
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The first family film produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. It received a PG rating whereas all previous entries were PG-13 or R. See more »

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In the story "medieval times", Sir Fix-a-Lot is said to jump into a moat of crocodiles which are actually alligators. See more »

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Violet Nottingham: You, truth or dare?
Patrick: Truth.
Violet Nottingham: How old were you the first time you kissed a girl?
Bobbi: Patrick never kissed a girl.
Patrick: Girls are ick, except for Tricia Sparks.
Violet Nottingham: Ohh, this Tricia Sparks, is she a girl in your class?
Bobbi: Aunt Jill, did you get our message?
Jill: Yes I did, and now it is time for you to get ready for school. Oh my gosh you are...
Violet Nottingham: Yes, and here is you fat rat. And you, I expect to hear all about this Tricia Sparks next time I see you.
Jill: Tricia Sparks is two years older than you.
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It woke me up.
25 December 2008 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

"What if the stories you told came to life?" Bedtime Stories Promo

Having suffered through Adam Sandler's You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), I was prepared to suffer through Bedtime Stories, his offering in the 2008 Christmas glut of fine movies that have few for kids. Sandler rules: This is one of the best children/adult stories this year, an ironic twist on romantic and heroic tales told from children's point of view through the masterful child/adult lens of an underplaying, child-friendly master.

Sandler's Skeeter Bronson takes care of his niece and nephew for a week. Of course he hasn't a clue because he hasn't seen them in four years and his job as super-maintenance man at the Sunny Vista Hotel in Las Vegas consumes most of his time and energy. He's the usual Sandler sweet-hearted semi-loser with reserves of child-like sympathies ready to be released.

The conceit is that after telling the humorous tales with the kids' ample and creative input at bedtime, the story elements become real in real life, altered to fit the modern context (e.g., a rain of gumballs actually happens the next day, explainable by a candy truck spilling its contents over a bridge onto Sandler). In this ingenious way, the film recalls the Wizard-of-Oz trick of making real in Kansas what Dorothy had experienced in the Emerald City.

There is nothing deep about this delight, just a small satire of a society that may be losing its sense of wonder and fun in order to bow at the altars of nutrition and commercialism. Not bad for a film I thought would be another Sander nodder. It woke me up to the joys of imagination and love.

Happy holidays.


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