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 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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Storyline

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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Trivia

While Skeeter is going through the driving range, one of the golf balls that go by has the Happy Madison Productions logo on it. See more »

Goofs

It is mentioned that Skeeter lives in Room 109, but above the door, the number is 111. See more »

Quotes

Skeeter Bronson: So Sir Fix-a-lot moved into a giant shoe
[shows Sir Fix-a-lot living in a giant Chuck Taylor shoe]
Skeeter Bronson: developed a case of athlete's face, threw himself in the moat and fed himself to the crocodiles.
[as Sir Fix-a-lot, grumbling]
Skeeter Bronson: Oh what the heck?
[jumps in]
Skeeter Bronson: The end.
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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 »

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Fire
Written by Ralph Middlebrooks, Clarence Satchell, Willie Beck (as William Beck),
Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner (as Leroy Bonner), Marshall E. Jones (as Marshall Jones),
, Marvin Pierce, James 'Diamond' Williams (as James Williams)
Performed by Ohio Players
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Slightly funny and moralistic
15 January 2009 | by LazySodSee all my reviews

Skeeter is a guy that worked hard all his life for a hotel his dad used to own. He's got high hopes to gain full control over it some day as that was promised to his father by the new owner. Many years have gone by and he's still in a low position though.

Due to circumstances Skeeter has to take care of his niece and nephew for a short while and the young kids prove to be a bit of a challenge for him, but he manages to do it. They demand a bed time story every night, and he gives it to them. He makes up stories himself, but soon all kind of weird things start happening.

And so on. The film rolls on like any typical Disney film. There's the backing story of a "hero" having to "rescue" some people in distress, there's the villain and the regular injustice. Added to that is the funny implications of what happens when a made up story becomes true. This addition gives this film some good laughs, and all in all it works out well enough, worthy of cinema time but not much more than that.

6 out of 10 gum-ball rain showers


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bedtime Stories See more »

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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