Skeeter Bronson is a hotel leader who is promised as a child by his father Marty to be the manager of the family hotel, but later it is bought by chain Nottingham Hotels. 25 years later, the new manager Mr. Nottingham plans to build a new hotel and appoints another man, the snotty Kendall to become the manager, simply because he is dating his daughter.
Skeeter's sister Wendy asks him to watch her kids (who own a hamster with huge eyes named Bugsy), because the school at which she is the principal is being closed and she is looking for a job in Arizona. The first night, Skeeter tells a bedtime story taking place in medieval times (with him as the main character; in this case, an underdog peasant named Sir Fix-A-Lot), with some additions from her kids. The next day, the entire story miraculously comes true. Nottingham gives Skeeter a shot at the manager position when he says his new hotel theme was taken by Hard Rock Hotel and on his way home (though it actually came from a truck crash) it rains gumballs on top of him, all from the story.
The next night, at the hotel, he tells another story set in the Old West, and when he waits for it to come true, a man dressed in Indian attire steals his wallet. He saves Nottingham's daughter, Violet, from an obnoxious paparazzi and gets kicked by a dwarf. He also spots a Ferrari car, and thought he was being offered it for free (like in the story) but Violet drives away with it (implying that it was actually her car).
The night after that, out on a campfire near the hotel, he tells them about a Greek chariot-riding stuntman, and he ends up falling for his sister's friend and fellow colleague Jill.
The last night, he tells them about a space fight in which he triumphs over Kendall. After he wins the gig of manager (despite his presentation being flawed due to a bee stinging his tongue), he makes the discovery from Kendall that the new Nottingham Hotel will be at the location of the closing school. After being dismissed by Nottingham (for botching his birthday cake), which turned out to be the connection to the ending of the space story (at which he originally thought he would combust), he gets the hotel moved to Santa Monica, and then with Jill is able to avert the demolition, saving the school and his nephew and niece, while getting his wallet and money back from the same man that stole it from him earlier.
Sometime later, he marries Jill and establishes a motel named after his late father. Kendall and his accomplice Aspen are demoted to the motel's waiting staff. Violet marries Skeeter's best friend Mickey giving him control of the Nottingham Empire, becoming the ninth richest man alive. In the meantime, Nottingham quits hotel management to become a school nurse and newlywed Skeeter and Jill have a baby, while Bugsy the hamster marries too, and has a bunch of babies.Adam Sandler as Skeeter Bronson, a handyman and the protagonist
Thomas Hoffman as Young Skeeter
Keri Russell as Jill Hastings, Wendy's friend and Skeeter's love interest
Guy Pearce as Kendall Duncan, Skeeter's rival
Russell Brand as Mickey, a waiter and Skeeter's best friend
Richard Griffiths as Barry Nottingham, a Hotelier and Skeeter's boss
Teresa Palmer as Violet Nottingham, Barry's daughter and Kendall's girlfriend
Lucy Lawless as Aspen, Kendall's scheming partner
Courteney Cox as Wendy Bronson, Skeeter's older sister
Abigail Droeger as Young Wendy
Jonathan Morgan Heit as Patrick, Skeeter's nephew
Laura Ann Kesling as Bobbi, Skeeter's niece
Jonathan Pryce as Marty Bronson, Skeeter and Wendy's father
Annalise Basso as Tricia Sparks
Nick Swardson as Engineer
Aisha Tyler as Donna Hynde, a zoning commissioner who joins forces with Skeeter to foil Kendall's plot
Allen Covert as Ferrari Guy
Blake Clark as Biker
Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. 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 as Party Guest
Heather Morris as Cat Dancer
Horse as Red Horse
Director Adam Shankman describes Adam Sandler's character as "a sort of 'Cinderfella' character" and adds that "'He's like Han Solo ...'"
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 Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'" is played during the film and during the end credits.
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.
Critical reception and box office
The film received generally negative reviews. As of September 28, 2011, Rotten Tomatoes reported that 25% of critics gave positive reviews based on 108 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 $27.5 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
BMI Film & TV Awards 2009
Kids' Choice Awards, Australia 2009
Kids' Choice Awards, USA 2009
Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2009
Young Artist Awards 2009