Bedtime Stories (film)
|Directed by||Adam Shankman|
|Story by||Matt Lopez|
|Music by||Rupert Gregson-Williams|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
|Box office||$212.9 million|
Bedtime Stories is a 2008 American fantasy comedy film directed by Adam Shankman from a screenplay by Matt Lopez and Tim Herlihy based on a story by Lopez. It stars Adam Sandler in his first appearance in a family-oriented film alongside Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Aisha Tyler, Russell Brand, Richard Griffiths, Teresa Palmer, Lucy Lawless and Courteney Cox. In the film, when a hotel handyman's stories to his niece and nephew come true, he keeps telling stories that become more outlandish. Sandler's production company Happy Madison and Andrew Gunn's company Gunn Films co-produced the film with Walt Disney Pictures.
The film was theatrically released on December 25, 2008, by Disney. Despite receiving generally negative reviews from critics, it was a box office success, earning $212.9 million against an $80 million budget.
In 1974, Skeeter and Wendy Bronson are raised by their father Marty at the family business: the Sunny Vista Motel. However, despite being a good hotelier and host, Marty faces serious financial problems with the business and almost goes bankrupt. The motel is sold into a forced liquidation to Barry Nottingham, CEO and founder of hotel chain Nottingham Hotels, and rebuilt into a luxury hotel named the Sunny Vista Nottingham. In the present day, Skeeter is stuck as the hotel's hardworking repairman, despite Nottingham previously promising the late Marty to let Skeeter run the hotel if he showed promise. Nottingham announces plans to close the old hotel in order to build a new one, named the Sunny Vista Mega Nottingham, and appoints the snotty Kendall Duncan as its future manager, simply because he is dating Nottingham's daughter Violet.
Wendy asks Skeeter to watch her children, Patrick and Bobbi, because the school at which she is the principal is closing down and she is looking for a job in Arizona. The first night, Skeeter cynically tells them a bedtime story in which he casts himself as an underdog peasant in a medieval fantasy world, who is unfairly passed over for promotion. Dissatisfied with the story’s unhappy ending, the children add that he at least gets a chance at the promotion, and that it starts raining gumballs.
The next day, the story miraculously comes true: Nottingham, recalling the original promise he made to Marty, gives Skeeter a shot at the manager position; and on his way home, gumballs rain on Skeeter from a truck crash on an overpass. The next night, at the hotel, Skeeter tells a wild west-style story in which he, as a cowboy, is freely given an expensive horse named Ferrari. Going out later that night, he saves Violet from obnoxious paparazzi; he then sees Violet’s Ferrari car and mistakenly thinks it is for him before Violet drives away. Skeeter realizes that only the children's additions to the stories come true. The night after that, Skeeter, with the children's help, tells a story about a chariot-riding stuntman in Ancient Greece who wins a date with the “fairest maiden in the land”. The next day, Skeeter ends up spending the day with and falling for his sister's friend and colleague Jill.
On Skeeter’s last night with the children, he tells them a space opera-style story in which he triumphs over Kendall in a duel. The children, recalling how Skeeter told them on their first night that there are no happy endings in real life, add that someone kills him with a fireball. Skeeter learns from Kendall that the new Nottingham Hotel will be at the location of the closing school. Skeeter and Kendall both make presentations on how best to market the hotel; with his heartfelt speech, Skeeter ultimately wins the managerial position. However, Skeeter, paranoid against fire due to the story, blasts a fire extinguisher at Nottingham's cake and is “fired”.
Skeeter, much to the surprise of Jill and Nottingham manages to get the hotel’s location moved to the beachfront in Santa Monica; after which Skeeter and Jill race to the school before it can be demolished. While at the site, protesting the school’s closure, Bobbi and Patrick sneak in the building to give their sign a better view. Skeeter and Jill arrive just in time to stop Kendall from setting off the highly sensitive explosives, saving the kids and the school. Sometime later, Skeeter marries Jill and opens a motel named after his father; with Kendall and his accomplice Aspen demoted to the motel's waiting staff. Violet marries Skeeter's best friend Mickey, giving him control of the Nottingham Empire. Nottingham quits the hotel industry to become a school nurse; and newlywed Skeeter and Jill have a baby boy.
- Adam Sandler as Skeeter Bronson
- Thomas Hoffman as Young Skeeter
- Keri Russell as Jill Hastings
- Guy Pearce as Kendall Duncan
- Courteney Cox as Wendy Bronson
- Abigail Droeger as Young Wendy
- Russell Brand as Mickey
- Richard Griffiths as Barry Nottingham
- Tim Herlihy as Young Barry
- Teresa Palmer as Violet Nottingham
- Lucy Lawless as Aspen
- Jonathan Pryce as Martin "Marty" Bronson
- Aisha Tyler as Donna Hynde
- Jonathan Morgan Heit as Patrick
- Laura Ann Kesling as Bobbi
- Annalise Basso as Tricia Sparks
- Nick Swardson as Engineer
- Allen Covert as Ferrari Guy
- Carmen Electra as Hot Girl
- Blake Clark and Bill Romanowski as Bikers
- Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Dixon
- Melany Mitchell as Young Mrs. Dixon
- Andrew Collins as Mr. Dixon
- Mikey Post as Angry Dwarf
- Rob Schneider as Indian Chief/The Robber (Uncredited)
- Arne Starr as Nottingham Employee/Senator/Cowboy/Spaceman (Uncredited)
- Jonathan Loughran and Bob Harvey as Party Guests
Director Adam Shankman describes Adam Sandler's character as "a sort of 'Cinderfella' character" and adds that "'He's like Han Solo ...'" It was filmed on various locations in California, including in Thousand Oaks where Mr. Nottingham's palace is set.
|Film score by|
|Released||December 23, 2008|
|Genre||Soundtrack, film score|
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. The song "Don't Stop Believin'" is played during the film and during the end credits.
|1.||"The Sunny Vista Motel"||4:15|
|2.||"The Tale of Sir Fixalot"||3:04|
|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|
|11.||"At the Nottingham Broadway Mega Resort" (Performed by Guy Pearce)||1:18|
|12.||"You're Supposed To Be the Good Guy"||3:49|
|14.||"Happily Ever After"||1:07|
The film was released in the United States on December 25, 2008, in Poland on January 23, 2009 and in Sweden on February 20, 2009.
On Rotten Tomatoes Bedtime Stories has an approval rating of 27% based on 111 reviews, with an average rating of 4.4/10. The site's consensus states, "Though it may earn some chuckles from pre-teens, this kid-friendly Adam Sandler comedy is uneven, poorly paced, and lacks the requisite whimsy to truly work." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 33 out of 100 based on 26 reviews, "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B+ on scale of A to F.
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, 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 $27.5 million. 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.
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.
- Australian Film Institute 2009
|AFI International Award||Best Actor||Guy Pearce||Nominated|
- BMI Film & TV Awards 2009
|BMI Film Music Award||Rupert Gregson-Williams||Won|
- Kids' Choice Awards, USA 2009
|Blimp Award||Favorite Movie
Favorite Movie Actor
- Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2009
|Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing - Music in a Feature Film||J.J. George (supervising music editor)
Kevin Crehan (music editor)
Tom Kramer (music editor)
- Young Artist Awards 2009
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor||Johntae Lipscomb||Nominated|
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- 2008 films
- 2008 comedy films
- 2008 fantasy films
- 2000s American films
- 2000s children's fantasy films
- 2000s English-language films
- 2000s fantasy comedy films
- American children's fantasy films
- American fantasy comedy films
- American films with live action and animation
- Films about children
- Films about families
- Films about mermaids
- Films directed by Adam Shankman
- Films produced by Adam Sandler
- Films scored by Rupert Gregson-Williams
- Films set in the 1970s
- Films set in the 1980s
- Films set in the 2000s
- Films set in hotels
- Films set in Santa Monica, California
- Films shot in Ventura County, California
- Films with screenplays by Tim Herlihy
- Happy Madison Productions films
- Magic realism films
- Walt Disney Pictures films