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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


Whatever they dream up... he has to survive. 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?


Violet Nottingham (Teresa Palmer) is a spoof of Paris Hilton. Both are daughters of hotel owners who are always partying and being chased by the media and paparazzi on a daily basis. See more »


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 »


Tricia Sparks: Uh, Patrick, hi. I'm Trisha Sparks. I just wanted you to know that... thanks for saving the school.
Skeeter Bronson: Western. Go western!
Patrick: No thanks necessary, ma'am.
Skeeter Bronson: That's my boy. That's my boy.
Tricia Sparks: There must be some way for me to show my appreciation.
Skeeter Bronson: Oh-ho-ho! Get it.
[Trisha kisses Patrick]
Skeeter Bronson: Ooh! Hoo-hoo-hoo!
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Crazy Credits

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


References Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) See more »


All By Myself
Written by Eric Carmen, Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by Eric Carmen
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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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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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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