Bedtime Stories (film)

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Bedtime Stories
Bedtime stories.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Adam Shankman
Produced by Adam Sandler
Andrew Gunn
Jack Giarraputo
Written by Matt Lopez
Tim Herlihy
Starring Adam Sandler
Keri Russell
Jonathan Morgan Heit
Laura Ann Kesling
Guy Pearce
Russell Brand
Richard Griffiths
Teresa Palmer
Lucy Lawless
Courteney Cox
Narrated by Jonathan Pryce
Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Michael Barrett
Edited by Tom Costain
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • December 25, 2008 (2008-12-25)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80 million
Box office $213 million[1]

Bedtime Stories is a 2008 American family-fantasy-comedy film directed by Adam Shankman that stars Adam Sandler in his first appearance in a family-oriented film. Sandler's production company Happy Madison and Andrew Gunn's company Gunn Films co-produced the film with Walt Disney Pictures.


Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) is a hotel handyman who was promised by his father, Marty Bronson (Jonathan Pryce), to be the manager of the family hotel.

Patrick interjects that the story is too predictable and—remembering Skeeter's argument against whimsically happy endings—pointless. Sometime later, Skeeter finds Marty's Motel (named after his late father) while Kendall and his scheming partner, Aspen (Lucy Lawless), are demoted to Skeeter's motel wait staff. In the film's conclusion, Marty Bronson narrates that Barry Nottingham overcame his fear of germs to the degree that he left the hotel business to became a school nurse at Webster Elementary School. His daughter, Violet Nottingham, became the new owner of her father's hotel business and married Mickey, while Skeeter and Jill got married as well and live happily ever after.



Director Adam Shankman describes Adam Sandler's character as "a sort of 'Cinderfella' character" and adds that "'He's like Han Solo...'"[2]


Bedtime Stories
Film score by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Released December 23, 2008
Genre Soundtrack, film score
Length 35:11
Label Walt Disney

The score to Bedtime Stories was composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams, who recorded his score with the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox.[3] The Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'" is played during the film and during the end credits.

No. Title Length
1. "The Sunny Vista Motel"   4:15
2. "The Tale of Sir Fixalot"   3:04
3. "Raining Gumballs"   1:16
4. "The Fat Mouse"   1:54
5. "The Wild West Adventure"   2:15
6. "Rooftop Camp Out"   2:34
7. "The Legend of Skeetacus"   1:57
8. "Almost a Kiss"   1:53
9. "Space Odyssey"   3:08
10. "Skeeter's Pitch"   3:17
11. "At the Nottingham Broadway Mega Resort" (Performed by Guy Pearce) 1:18
12. "You're Supposed To Be the Good Guy"   3:49
13. "Motorcycle Rescue"   3:26
14. "Happily Ever After"   1:07


The film Bedtime stories has received mixed to negative reviews. As of February 25, 2015 Rotten Tomatoes reported that 25% of critics gave positive reviews based on 108 reviews.[4] Metacritic gave the film a 33/100 approval rating based on 26 reviews.[5]

Box office[edit]

Slashfilm predicted that Bedtime Stories would open #1 during the December 25–28, 2008 Christmas weekend due to its family appeal and the box office draw of Adam Sandler,[6] but it came at #3 grossing $38 million behind Marley & Me and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. However, during the standard 3-day weekend, it jumped ahead of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ranking #2 behind Marley & Me with $27.4 million.[7] As of February 2009, the film had grossed $110,101,975 in the United States and Canada and $102,772,467 in other countries, totaling $212,874,442 worldwide.

Home media release[edit]

The film was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on April 7, 2009. The DVD was released as a single disc or a two-disc edition including behind-the-scenes featurette. Commercials advertising the discs feature background music recycled from the film Back to the Future Part III. As of November 1, 2009 the DVD has sold 2,835,662 copies generating $49,409,944 in sales revenue.[8]


  1. ^ "Bedtime Stories (2008)". Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  2. ^ As quoted in "First Look: Behind the scenes of Hollywood's biggest projects," Entertainment Weekly 1025 (December 12, 2008): 9.
  3. ^ Rupert Gregson-Williams scores Bedtime Stories. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  4. ^ Bedtime Stories Movie Reviews, Pictures. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  5. ^ Bedtime Stories Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic. Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  6. ^ Box Office Tracking: Bedtime Stories Could Be The Biggest Christmas Day Opening of All-Time. /Film. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
  7. ^ Weekend Box Office Results for December 26–28, 2008. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  8. ^ Bedtime Stories - Box Office Data, Movie News, Cast Information. The Numbers. Retrieved 2010-10-26.

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