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
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. A mysophobe named Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) agreed to keep that promise when the Bronson family sold their hotel to him—then built a new hotel instead. Thirty years later, when the story begins, Skeeter is the hotel's handyman while management is held by Kendall (Guy Pearce). Barry's new hotel, the Sunny Vista Nottingham Hotel, is a hit, but he's got plans to build an even more elaborate hotel, one designed around a theme that he's keeping secret.

Skeeter's sister and principal of Webster Elementary School, Wendy (Courteney Cox), asks Skeeter to watch her kids, Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling) and Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heit), while she goes out of town. Skeeter does not know his niece and nephew very well, but agrees to watch them. Skeeter learns that the new hotel's surprise theme will be rock and roll. Barry is shocked to learn from Skeeter that the idea was already used for the Hard Rock Hotel. Barry offers Skeeter a chance to compete with Kendall for a better theme. While driving, Skeeter is suddenly greeted with a shower of gumballs which he does not see is caused by a crashed candy delivery truck. Skeeter concludes that the story had come true and quickly develops a plan.

Skeeter tries to sell the kids on the theme ideas contest for the new hotel, but they are more interested in romance and action in their stories. The next story is centered around a Greek gladiator, Skeeticus, who, after impressing the emperor and a stadium of onlookers, attracts the attention of the most beautiful maiden.

Skeeter sees/hears signs of fire everywhere. At Barry's luau-themed birthday party, while dodging many fiery hazards, Skeeter's tongue is stung by a bee, making him as hard to understand as his character was in the last of the stories. Luckily, Skeeter's best friend, Mickey (Russell Brand), can still understand him and offers to translate for him. Kendall's idea is for a hotel with a theme celebrating Broadway musicals—an idea that impresses no one. Barry much prefers Skeeter's approach—simply reminding them of how much fun children have when staying at a classy hotel.

Afterwards, Jill, Patrick, and Bobbi discover that the school where they all work and attend is to be knocked down to make way for the new hotel, and they are all upset with Skeeter, refusing to believe that he didn't know about the location. Wendy believes him, but is upset because he taught her children not to believe in happy endings.

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.



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 has received mixed to negative reviews. As of September 28, 2011, Rotten Tomatoes reported that 25% of critics gave positive reviews based on 105 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 2011-11-15.
  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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