Bedtime Stories

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Sandler tames his jokes for family-friendly fantasy flick.
  • PG
  • 2008
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 58 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 67 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Shows the importance of family and working together for a common goal.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strong family connections: A single man gets closer to his niece and nephew and helps his sister. Characters work together to save a school from closing.

Violence & Scariness

Some cartoony gun violence in the "wild, wild West" bedtime story.

Sexy Stuff

A couple of kisses and some benign flirting -- including a bedtime-story scene of a man and a woman in a hot tub (clothed). References are made to a Paris Hilton-type heiress' "reputation" for having a "good time" with guys she meets at clubs.


Mild, especially for a movie starring Sandler: "butt kiss," "shoot," "jerk," "shut up," "stink."


Featured brands include Ferrari, Toyota (Prius), Disney (Buzz Lightyear), and Apple (Mac).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Grown-ups have cocktails and champagne at a party.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, unlike most Adam Sandler movies, this one is actually aimed at kids, so expect a lot of interest from elementary schoolers on up. The good news is that, also unlike most Sandler movies, there aren't any crass jokes, and both language ("butt kiss" is as wild as it gets) and sexuality (a couple of fairy-tale kisses and one brief scene of a clothed man and woman in a hot tub) are mild. The violence is also minor and mostly cartoonish, although there's some gunplay in the Wild West bedtime story.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byZensMom March 24, 2019

Sexualization and Sterotypes

This was super bad. It was a movie really aimed at immature adults. The point of Sandler's stories were to exploit the kids so that he could get women, pre... Continue reading
Parent of a 5-year-old Written byHolmaj March 16, 2019

A lot of sexual undertones

This movie is rife with sexuality. Nearly constant objectification of females. Several scenes with suggestive growling at each other, women scantily clad, a fem... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAskAboutMyBooks July 12, 2019

Disappointing :/

This movie contains many sexually suggestive jokes, and portrays unhealthy relationships, even among kids. Teresa Nottingham asks Patrick why he likes his crush... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bybradley4846 December 11, 2010


i saw this thinking it would be bad, but i really enjoyed it. not much innaproprite things, except some gross humor. 10+ because kids under will get bored

What's the story?

Adam Sandler plays Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman who agrees to babysit his newly divorced sister Wendy's (Courteney Cox) two kids -- with the help of Wendy's friend Jill (Kerri Russell) -- while she goes to an out-of-state job interview. While he's taking care of his niece and nephew, Skeeter begins a nightly tradition of telling bedtime stories the children contribute to, only to realize the next day that even outlandish aspects of the story are coming true. Seizing the opportunity, Skeeter uses the magical tales to get a shot at running the hotel his father once owned -- if he can prove himself worthier than the hotel's brown-nosing manager, Kendall (Guy Pearce).

Is it any good?

After a long list of crude movies that have kept Sandler secure in his reign as the king of drunken-frat boy comedies, this is his first real family film, and it's pleasant enough. (His 2002 Hanukkah comedy Eight Crazy Nights is animated, but it's not for kids.) Though not particularly original, it's sure to crack up the kiddies (what other purpose does the bug-eyed guinea pig have?). And die-hard Sandler fans will even find a few of his signature touches -- his goofy scat-talking, a beautiful blond to ogle (Teresa Palmer), a silly sidekick (a scene-stealing Russell Brand), and even a Rob Schneider cameo.

That said, as a fantasy comedy, BEDTIME STORIES falls far short of a family classic. Cute? Yes. But memorable? Not really. It's no Princess Bride. What is remarkable is that, stripped of all his graphic humor, Sandler is capable of starring in a comedy that's appropriate for even young kids. And utlimately, it's hard not to be charmed by the message that you should never stop trying to make your dreams a reality.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this movie is different from most of Sandler's other films. He isn't known for making family-friendly films -- why do you think he decided to make this one? Is it a success without his signature crass jokes?

  • Families can also discuss what makes a good fairy tale. How does the film itself, along with each bedtime story, follow the storyline of a traditional fairy tale?

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