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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.


Adam Shankman


Matt Lopez (screenplay), Tim Herlihy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4,159 ( 344)
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


The first family film and only Disney 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 »


Skeeter sets one story in ancient Greece but visualizes a Roman-style stadium and Emperor. See more »


Skeeter Bronson: [looking over the kids' storybooks] What do ya got here, anyways? "Rainbow Alligator Saves the Wetlands"? Uh, no. "The Organic Squirrel Gets a Bike Helmet"? I'm not reading these Communist books to you guys! Don't you got any *real* stories?
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Crazy Credits

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


References West Side Story (1961) See more »


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A fun if not always smooth ride
11 January 2009 | by scoutcraftpiratessSee all my reviews

It's rather refreshing to see Adam Sandler in a movie that is not devoted to being crude and it seems he can handle that well enough. Here, he plays a more down-to-earth character, a hotel handyman named Skeeter who helps babysit his niece and nephew while his sister goes out of state to look for work (she is the principal of an elementary school tragically being shut down--this figures into the plot). He entertains the kids were various bedtime stories inspired by his own problems and the young ones gleefully volunteer details and plot lines as well. Nice enough bonding project, until Skeeter notices incidences oddly reminiscent of details in the stories. They are done realistically enough--for example, a gum-ball rain shower appears in the form of a candy-carrying truck accident on an overpass above Skeeter. Still, the bedtime stories are more or less coming true.

It's a fun and charming idea and story, exuding a definite sweetness with a smattering of "gross" stuff to keep the small viewers giggling (I thought it was all in good, juvenile taste, never went overboard). The concept was more original than the story itself, but was still well-balanced. I think my only real complaint was that the plot was not the most organized thing in the world. It did not wander, per say, but while the stories-to-life thing is a nice plot device, it should not be solely relied upon. I found myself several times asking myself what just happened and why. Events and relationships popped out of nowhere without rhyme or reason.

Perhaps a little tightening of the plot and more attention upon characters would not have hurt this movie.

Still, "Bedtime Stories" is sweet, imaginative, and does not ask much more than to be liked. And likable it certainly is.

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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Paula, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,450,296, 28 December 2008

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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