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Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories

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Director: Adam Shankman, Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce

Cast: Adam Shankman, Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce


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The Pacifier director Adam Shankman helms this children's fantasy concerning a hotel handyman who gradually begins to realize that the imaginative bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew are somehow beginning to manifest themselves in the real world.


The Pacifier director Adam Shankman helms this children's fantasy concerning a hotel handyman who gradually begins to realize that the imaginative bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew are somehow beginning to manifest themselves in the real world.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Adam Sandler became a comic star by mining arrested development for laughs. He found variations to his attack: there is the infantile Sandler of Billy Madison, and the sweet, innocent Sandler of The Wedding Singer. However, Bedtime Stories marks the first time he's tried to make a child-friendly movie. The tale begins with Skeeter Bronson, a young boy, helping his father (Jonathan Pryce) run a modest L.A. motel, until the father sells the failing enterprise to British businessman Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths), with the understanding that Skeeter will be allowed to run the business when he becomes an adult. Thirty years later, the motel has turned into a luxury hotel, and a grown-up Skeeter (Sandler) works there as a handyman because Mr. Nottingham failed to keep the promise made to Skeeter's dad. One day, after Skeeter misses out on another promotion, his sister (Courteney Cox) asks him to watch her son and daughter for a week while she goes on a trip. During the first night the three of them are together, he tells the kids a bedtime story about a peasant boy trying to impress his king -- a story that allows Skeeter to fantasize about winning his dream job. Unexpectedly, some parts of the story come true the next day -- namely, his boss changes his mind, offering Skeeter the chance to earn that promotion after all. Oh, and it rains gumballs. Flush with his first taste of success, Skeeter believes his stories are coming true, and thus he spins a different yarn every night, making sure to include moments where the hero gets a new car or wins the affections of a beautiful lady. However, his plans go comically awry until he figures out that the kids have more to do with his good fortune than he first realized. Bedtime Stories is an odd cross-breed of toned-down Sandler schtick and standard Disney wish-fulfillment fantasy. Sandler is a savvy performer, and he shades his comedic persona to grab the younger demographic he's shooting for -- there are no temper tantrums or violent outbursts, and he does have the scruffy charm of a favorite uncle. Sadly, the filmmaking isn't as thought-out as the lead performance. Director Adam Shankman never makes the fantasy sequences -- full of chivalrous knights, honorable cowboys, and slimy space monsters -- feel magical. These scenes do a fine job of keeping the movie visually fresh -- there's always something new to look at -- but they aren't as memorable as the scenes set in everyday life. If the filmmakers injected the fantastical parts of the story with some genuine childlike whimsy, they'd have cooked up a funky, warm-hearted kids movie. But instead, they make the moments of childlike creativity adhere slavishly to the strictures of the Disney formula, and that takes away any element of surprise, let alone wonder. And, seeing as a sense of wonder is crucial to any good bedtime story, the movie never becomes special. It's not that Bedtime Stories is bad, it's just entirely and thoroughly adequate.

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Walt Disney Video
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Hilarious bloopers and deleted scenes; Get to know Bugsy the big-eyed guinea ; pig; A behind-the-scenes look at teh special effects

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Tim Herlihy Young Barry Nottingham
Thomas Hoffman Young Skeeter
Abigail Leone Droeger Young Wendy
Melany Mitchell Young Mrs. Dixon
Andrew Collins Young Mr. Dixon
Aisha Tyler Donna Hynde
Blake Clark Biker
Bill Romanowski Biker
Paul Dooley Hot Dog Vendor
Mikey Post Angry Dwarf
Adam Shankman Actor

Technical Credits
Adam Shankman Director,Executive Producer
Brooks Arthur Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Barrett Cinematographer
Tom Costain Editor
Linda de Scenna Production Designer
Michael Dilbeck Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Giarraputo Producer
Jennifer Gibgot Executive Producer
Kevin Grady Co-producer
Garrett Grant Executive Producer
Andrew Gunn Producer
Tim Herlihy Screenwriter
Matt Lopez Original Story,Screenwriter
Roger Mussenden Casting
Rupert Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Ann Marie Sanderlin Executive Producer
Adam Sandler Producer
Daniel Silverberg Asst. Director
Michael Tronick Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bedtime Stories
1. Opening Credits [:00]
2. The Sunny Vista Mega Nottingham [:00]
3. Bobbi's Birthday Party [:00]
4. Uncle Skeeter Babysits [:02]
5. Sir Fixalot [:00]
6. Skeeter Gets a Shot [:00]
7. Raining Gumballs [:00]
8. Wild West Adventure [:00]
9. Paparazzi Princess in Distress [5:28]
10. Rooftop Campout [6:38]
11. Legend of Skeetacus [3:50]
12. Day at the Beach [3:39]
13. Space Odyssey [5:23]
14. Fire Prevention [4:16]
15. Skeeter's Hotel Theme [3:19]
16. "The Sad Part" [6:56]
17. Demolition [3:45]
18. Happy Ending [:59]
19. Marty's Motel [6:38]
20. Closing Credits [5:24]


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Bedtime Stories 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
marross65 More than 1 year ago
Very cute film! A great way to spend time with your children. With Adam Sandler, you know you will be laughing. Especially, with that silly looking gerbil you see throughout the entire movie, and you can't miss how he's first introduced! P.S You're kids may crave gumballs while watching this film..have some on hand! Michelle Rossi Chicken Soup for the Soul Contributor
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
I was living in Norfolk Virginia during this time and fortunately persuaded my husband to see Bedtime Stories with me at the movie theater(inside the MacArthur Center mall). The bonus features attributed to the Bedtime Stories dvd movie are sneaks on; Double Feature dvd of Dadnapped and Hatching Pete, Morning Light, Disney Princess Protection Program, Walt Disney Pictures; Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure, what looks to be a commercial ad for Disney XD, G-Force, Walt Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney Pixar Monsters Inc., Disney Blue Ray Magic in High-Def, and Disney Magic movie rewards. The actual Bedtime Stories movie stars Adam Sandler as Skeeter Bronson. Skeeter Bronson puts a lot in his hotel job and is surprised one day when he finds out that his boss Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) promotes Kendall Duncan (Guy Pearce)for the job that he was sure was his. It was not from Skeeter Bronson having a sense of entitlement, rather it had to do more with how hard he was working and the original promise that Griffiths had made to this father Marty Bronson (Jonathan Pryce). Duncan is shown to be so crude and calculating to the point that he even dates the boss’s daughter Violet Nottingham (Teresa Palmer), but secretly carries a romantic torch for fellow hotel worker Aspen (Lucy Lawless). Skeeter’s friend Mickey (Russell Brand) tries to patiently explain to Skeeter Bronson why Duncan was chosen but Bronson appears to avoid taking Mickey’s suggestion (for certain reasons). Anyhow, in the meanwhile, Skeeter Bronson is also tasked with watching his niece Bobbi (Laura Kesling) and nephew Patrick (Jonathan Heit). This is because his sister Wendy Bronson (Courtney Cox) is looking to get a job in Arizona after hearing that she is going to be laid off. Fortunately, Wendy Bronson does have a good friend in Jill Hastings (Keri Russell). Anyhow, Skeeter Bronson also takes on the role of father figure as well because his sister also happens to be a single mother and he also cares to be a father figure influence in his niece and nephew’s life. Bronson’s life changes dramatically once he notices the power that his niece and nephew have with just telling their stories with their imaginations. The movie even implies why their storytelling is powerful when the quote in the movie is mentioned ‘Your Fun Is Only Limited by Your Imagination). There are some song snippets that play during the movie such as Fire by The Ohio Players,I’m On Fire by Bruce Springsteen, Disco Inferno by The Trammps, Eternal Flame by The Bangles, Rock Me Amadeus by Falco, and Don’t Stop Believing by Journey (towards the end of the movie).Of course, there are more actors and actresses featured, yet something tells me to save some plot info for those who have yet to see the movie.
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Purchased this for my Grandchildren...we had a great time watching and sharing this movie. Lots of opportunity to create new scenerios and add imagination to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids and I really enjoyed this film as we do all of Adam Sandler's films. We first saw this film in the theatre, but we wanted a copy for our home.
ParadigmBookkeeper More than 1 year ago
"Bedtime Stories" is one of those rare films where the entire family can sit and enjoy simply being entertained. Adam Sandler gives a great, and unexpectly clean performance, as Skeeter, a care-free uncle left with the evening care of his nephew and neice. Not knowing how to entertain two children that have never been introduced to the mind-numbing effects of television, Skeeter turns to the example of his father and tells them intricate bedtime stories. He soon learns that the events happening in real life are repeats of the stories he had woven the evening before. There are many wonderful lines and relatable characters in this engaging family story, especially the character of Bobbi, Skeeter's neice. Her innocent insistance of inserting a romantic twist into each one of Skeeter's stories will touch the hearts of girls, both young and old. The story ends with Skeeter learning that even when he thinks the end is here and the story hasn't come to the conclusion he desired, there is still time for the hero of the story to fly in and save the day and, thanks to Bobbi's insistance, get the girl in the end. This is a must see 'Bedtime Story' for the entire family!
grannyruth More than 1 year ago
Adam Sandler is a great story teller for all ages. Delightful to watch , this story changes a self absorbed man into one who falls into a loving relationship with his sisters children. He, through opening himself to them, sees his own imagination and life develop into that of a person who can see the wonderment that children have for life. Belief without question that some things just "happen". We loved it. We are ages 5 through 60 years old and we all loved it.
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LePhuongThanh More than 1 year ago
I won't say that Bedtime Stories is great, but I can honestly say I enjoyed watching this movie. The story isn't necessarily new, but there are small twists (unveiled at a decent pace) and it's very touching. I liked the cast's chemestry and while some parts are a little odd and unbelievable...it's a children's movie and to find one these days that doesn't make you want to run for the exit is a good thing.