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 have produced the film, and Walt Disney Pictures distributing it, The second of three Happy Madison films with a "PG" rating (preceded by The Master of Disguise and followed by Paul Blart: Mall Cop).
Skeeter Bronson is a hotel handyman who was promised by his father to be the manager of the family hotel. The promise was agreed to by Barry Nottingham when the Bronson family sold their hotel to him. When Nottingham announces plans to build a new hotel he instead appoints another man, Kendall, to become the manager.
Skeeter's sister Wendy asks him to watch her kids, Bobbi and Patrick, because the school she works at is being closed and she is looking for employment elsewhere. Skeeter does not know his niece and nephew very well, but agrees. After the day shift babysitter Jill leaves, he settles them into bed as they ask him to read a story. He makes up his own story, modeling it around his own life as a medieval story about a squire named "Sir Fixalot" and his rival "Sir Buttkiss". Throughout the story the kids make their own additions, such as the king giving Sir Fixalot a chance to prove himself. During the celebration, Patrick announces that it starts raining gumballs, and the story ends. The following day, Skeeter is called to fix Nottingham's television and during the visit, he tells Skeeter the "secret" theme that he had announced for the hotel—a rock and roll theme much like that of the Hard Rock Hotel. When Skeeter points this out he is offered the opportunity to compete with Kendall for a better theme. While driving, Skeeter is suddenly greeted with a shower of gumballs raining down from above, which he does not see is caused by a crashed delivery truck. Skeeter concludes that the story had come true and quickly develops a plan to use it to his advantage.
For the next story, he elaborates a Western-theme in which he receives a free "Ferrari" horse from an Indian chief. The children do not corroborate the story, but have him save a damsel in distress from several criminals. They claim he should be rewarded with a kiss, only to have a dwarf kick him instead. That night, Skeeter goes out in search of his Ferrari and meets a man, who steals his wallet. Violet, hounded by paparazzi, is rescued by the passing Skeeter. Just as he is about to kiss her, he is kicked by a dwarf. From this point, he determines that it is only the changes made by the children that actually affect reality. The following night, Skeeter tries to sell the kids on the theme ideas contest, but they are more interested in romance and action in their stories. The next story begins with Skeeticus, a Greek gladiator who, after impressing the emperor and a stadium of onlookers, attracts the attention of the most beautiful maiden. After a meal in which all the girls who used to pick on him in high school were impressed by the beautiful maiden he is with, they start randomly singing the "Hokey Pokey". After Skeeticus saves a man's life, a rainstorm sends him and the maiden into a magical cave which has Abraham Lincoln in it. Skeeter loses his patience with the story and upsets the children. Unable to get them to continue, the story ends.
The next day, Skeeter learns Violet will not be meeting with him per the story design, but unexpectedly runs into Jill, who invites him to lunch. The girls from Skeeter's high school are at the restaurant, so Skeeter asks Jill to pretend to be his girlfriend. After the girls break into the "Hokey Pokey" and Skeeter casually saves the life of a man on the beach, a sudden rainstorm sends them under the dock where he realizes that he is falling in love with her. As they are about to kiss, Skeeter remembers that Abe Lincoln is supposed to appear, and moves away. Instead, an American penny (with Lincoln's face on it) falls from through the cracks of the dock, completing the story.
For Skeeter and the kids' final night together, a space-themed story begins with Skeeter's character who battles Kendell's character in anti-gravity. Skeeter's character, who speaks in alien gibberish, wins, and Skeeter quickly ends the story. Patrick interjects that the story is too predictable and says that Skeeter is then incinerated before ending the story.
At Nottingham's birthday party, among the fiery hazards that Skeeter is trying to avoid, his tongue is stung by a bee, making him hard to understand when competing with Kendall's new Broadway-themed hotel. Nottingham enjoys Skeeter's approach over the showy approach that Kendall had provided. A panic attack on a fiery birthday cake causes Skeeter to be "fired" by Nottingham. Afterward Jill, Patrick, and Bobbi are all upset as they learned where, which Skeeter had just discovered, the hotel was going to be built: on the property of the school which they all work and attend. Wendy believes he did not know, but is upset because he had inadvertently taught the children there are no such things as happy endings. She confesses that she had always been jealous of his and their father's ability to believe in made up stories and have fun the way she never did and had secretly hoped that by leaving her children with him that his fun loving nature would rub off on them. When they attend the demolition to protest, Skeeter is inspired to prevent the school from being demolished. After finding Nottingham an alternative location, Skeeter takes Jill on a wild motorcycle ride which ends at the school and manages to stop the countdown. Sometime later, he marries Jill and founds a hotel named after his late father. Kendall and his scheming partner Aspen are demoted to Skeeter's hotel wait staff.
* Adam Sandler as Skeeter Bronson
* Keri Russell as Jill
* Guy Pearce as Kendall
* Russell Brand as Mickey
* Richard Griffiths as Barry Nottingham
* Teresa Palmer as Violet Nottingham
* Lucy Lawless as Aspen
* Courteney Cox as Wendy Bronson
* Jonathan Morgan Heit as Patrick
* Laura Ann Kesling as Bobbi
* Jonathan Pryce as Marty Bronson (The Narrator)
* Nick Swardson as Engineer
* Aisha Tyler as Donna Hynde (Mayor)
* Allen Covert as Ferrari Guy
* Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Dixon
* Mikey Post as Angry Dwarf
* Rob Schneider as Indian Chief / The Robber (uncredited)
* Thomas Hoffman as Young Skeeter
* Abigail Droeger as Young Wendy
Director Adam Shankman describes Adam Sandler's character as "a sort of 'Cinderfella' character" and adds that "'He's like Han Solo...'"As quoted in "First Look: Behind the scenes of Hollywood's biggest projects," Entertainment Weekly 1025 (December 12, 2008): 9.
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.
The film has received negative reviews. As of April 10, 2009, Rotten Tomatoes reported that 22% of critics gave positive reviews based on 96 reviews. Metacritic gave the film a 33/100 approval rating based on 26 reviews.
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 $27.4 million. As of February, 2009, the film had grossed $110,101,975 in the United States and Canada and $108,255,986 in other countries, totaling $218.36 worldwide.http
Home media release
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 disc's 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.http
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