BN.com Gift Guide

Bedtime Stories

( 22 )

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
DVD (Wide Screen)
$9.99
BN.com price
(Save 33%)$14.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (12) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $10.89   
  • Used (5) from $1.99   

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • UPC: 786936774313
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,105

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
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
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bedtime Stories
1. Opening Church
2. The Sunny Vista Mega Nottingham
3. Bobbi's Birthday Party
4. Uncle Skeeter Babysits
5. Sir Fixalot
6. Skeeter Gets a Shot
7. Raining Gumballs
8. Wild West Adventure
9. Paparazzi Princess In Distress
10. Rooftop Campout
11. Legend of Skeetacus
12. Day at the Beach
13. Space Odyssey
14. Fire Prevention
15. Skeeter Hotel Theme
16. "The Sad Part"
17. Demolition!
18. Happy Ending
19. Marty's Motel
20. Closing Credits
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- Bedtime Stories
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         English For the Hearing Impaired
         Français
         Español
         None
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
      G-Force
      Movie Rewards
      Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
      Monsters, Inc.
      Disney Blu-Ray
      Hatching Pete/Dadnapped
      Morning Light
      TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure
      Princess Protection Program
      XD
      Play All
   Fast Play
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 22 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(12)

4 Star

(4)

3 Star

(5)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 22 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Make Sure You Have Gumballs!

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet story

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    BEDTIME STORIES

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    An Enjoyable "Bedtime Story" for the entire family

    "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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Suprisingly good.

    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.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 22 Customer Reviews