Bedtime Stories

December 25th, 2008


Bedtime Stories

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A family comedy about a hotel handyman whose life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.1/10 (33,536 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Director: Adam Shankman

Stars: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Courteney Cox

A family comedy about a hotel handyman whose life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.

Writers: Matt Lopez, Tim Herlihy

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

Taglines: Whatever they dream up... he has to survive.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 25 December 2008

Filming Locations: Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $27,450,296 (USA) (28 December 2008) (3681 Screens)

Gross: $109,993,847 (USA) (8 March 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Violet Nottingham (Teresa Palmer) is a spoof of Paris Hilton. Both are daughters of hotel owners who are always parting and being chased by the media and paparazzi in their daily basis.

Continuity: During the first campfire, Bobbi's marshmallow changes from angled, to centered, to angled again, between shots.

Mickey: I can't read.
[Buggsy laughingly squeaks at him]
Mickey: Shut up, Buggsy. Yeah? I got opposable thumbs. How do you feel about that?
[Buggsy stops]

User Review

It woke me up.


"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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