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Bedtime Stories (2008)

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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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Adam Shankman

Writers:

Matt Lopez (screenplay), Tim Herlihy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Skeeter Bronson
Keri Russell ... Jill
Guy Pearce ... Kendall
Russell Brand ... Mickey
Richard Griffiths ... Barry Nottingham
Teresa Palmer ... Violet Nottingham
Lucy Lawless ... Aspen
Courteney Cox ... Wendy
Jonathan Morgan Heit ... Patrick
Laura Ann Kesling ... Bobbi
Jonathan Pryce ... Marty Bronson
Nick Swardson ... Engineer
Kathryn Joosten ... Mrs. Dixon
Allen Covert ... Ferrari Guy
Carmen Electra ... Hot Girl
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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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Every day is a new adventure. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene where Skeeter first spends the night with the kids, Jill and the kids are making signs. On the sign that Bobbi is working on first the C is not colored in. A little while later the C is almost completely finished; a few seconds later the C is just started, and a few seconds later it is just a little bit less colored in than just a second before. See more »

Quotes

Wendy: Don't talk to them about school.
Skeeter Bronson: Why not?
Wendy: They're closing it down. I'm getting laid off.
Skeeter Bronson: No way! You? But you're like the classic school principle! I mean you're scary and bad with people...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs Spartacus (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

At The Nottingham Broadway Mega Resort
Written and Produced by Marc Shaiman
Performed by Guy Pearce
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it takes someone like Sandler to make a kids movie enjoyable
1 January 2009 | by mexicospidergreenSee all my reviews

If you have been to the theaters once over the past month, you have to at least seen an ad for this. The marketing for this movie is everywhere, on TV, on McDonald's ads and every time I go to the theaters I have to sit through the ads for this. Disney paid a large amount of money to promote this, and since Adam Sandler is in it. For once Sandler gives up his trademark of crudeness and makes a tame family movie. However, there's still a bit of the Sandler factor and there's some in it for kids as well, so that makes it enjoyable for kids and adults. Sandler plays Skeeter, a hotel clerk who's forced to look after his sister's kids for a week. One night Skeeter tells an imaginary bedtime story to his children, and the next day it becomes true. Every time he tells a new story, whatever the kids come up with happens to Skeeter in real life. But he must find someway to make it stop, before something really bad happens. This is one of those movies you could take the whole family to. Unlike some of Sandler's recent efforts including Zohan and Chuck & Larry, he's tamed this movie up quite a bit. On a recent episode of Letterman, he says he has a daughter now, and he's decided he wanted to make a nice movie for the children. He makes this a delightful movie for children in every way. I don't mind Adam Sandler, but when he's doing movies like Zohan, I really think his PG-13 movies really should be R rated. However, even if this one isn't particularly good, it's still a delightful family movie and Sandler himself makes it enjoyable for everyone. No matter what age you are its clean enough to enjoy, and it's one you should bring the whole family to if it's possible.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Paula, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,450,296, 28 December 2008

Gross USA:

$110,101,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$212,874,864
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2.35 : 1
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