Night at the Museum
A night watchman (Ben Stiller) at a museum of natural history makes a startling discovery: Thanks to the unleashing of an ancient Egyptian curse, the museum's animals, birds, bugs and other exhibits spring to life after the building closes, and former President Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) is among those the hapless guard encounters.
Release Date: December 22, 2006
Writer: Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant
Director: Shawn Levy
Producer: Shawn Levy, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe, Thomas M. Hammel, Ira Shuman
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke, Paul Rudd, Robin Williams, Bill Cobbs, Patrick Gallagher, Owen Wilson, Pierfrancesco Favino, Anne Meara, Kim Raver, Charlie Murphy, Martin Christopher, Mizuo Peck, Ricky Gervais, Jake Cherry, Rami Malek, Lou Torres(less)
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There is a lot of action and we would like to approve it for the entire family-however, with a caveman’s hair caught on fire, and several fights we are approving it for ages twelve and above. It might be a bit intense for kids under twelve. There is a comment about evolved beings being greater than the monkey in the movie, so some people will not like that. But overall the film is funny and creative. It includes an irresponsible father taking on responsibility and becoming a hero to his son which we commend. We award the movie five doves.
Parents need to know that kids will definitely want to see this much-hyped, effects-heavy adventure. The effects are good (the dinosaur skeleton is especially fun), but the plot is uneven and the action hectic, with some point-of-view camerawork that could potentially startle younger viewers. The movie features spastic, cartoonish violence by the museum exhibits that come to life. This includes shooting (Civil War soldiers), explosions (miniature cowboys and miners), poison dart-shooting (miniature Mayans), chasing and hunting (dinosaur skeleton, lions), fighting, and car-crashing. Weapons include arrows, swords, guns, catapults, spears, axes. There's a repeated joke about Attila the Hun's preference for ripping off victims' limbs. Larry has an antagonistic relationship with a monkey and repeatedly disappoints his son (who acts sad) -- until the end, when he's impressed by his father's quick decision-making.
Great show! Fun one for the whole family.February 16th, 2013 · Details
This movie is a fun romp from beginning to end. The message of taking responsibility, taking charge and becoming a man in your own right is excellent. Great family movie. Do see!August 26th, 2011 · Details
"Night at the Museum" has more in common with "Jumanji" than just Robin Williams.
Like that 1995 hit, this comic fantasy was based on a popular children's book (in this case by Croatian artist Milan Trenc), and it also features scenes of computer-animated wildlife running rampant through city streets. As a result, not unlike "Jumanji," "Night at the Museum" is a bit of a mess.
Still, it is a surprisingly appealing mess, primarily redeemed by a goofy sense of humor, thanks to star Ben Stiller and a strong comic supporting cast.
Stiller plays Larry Daley, a rather flaky divorced father who's gone through more jobs and apartments than he can count. Larry is also desperate to impress his son, Nick (Jake Cherry), so he takes a job as night watchman for a natural-history museum.
The retiring guards (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Bill Cobbs) hint that there's something special about this particular museum, and during his first night on the job, Larry finds out just how special — as the exhibits come to life (thanks to a mystical Egyptian tablet).
Among those nighttime roamers are a tyrannosaurus skeleton, diminutive cowboys, Roman and Mayan warriors, bloodthirsty Huns, ferocious African animals — and even Teddy Roosevelt (Williams), who helps Larry round up all the others.
The harried Larry quickly discovers that, if he's going to hold onto this job, he'll need to find ways to keep the lively exhibits pacified.
This kind of material actually suits director Shawn Levy, and it isn't nearly as grating or crass as his recent "Pink Panther" remake. And the script, courtesy of "Reno 911!" creators/actors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, is filled with silly one-liners.
There's so much going on here that the film begins to feel overstuffed. But it's saved by little gems every now and then, such as the amusing feud between a tiny cowboy (Owen Wilson) and a tiny Roman centurion (Steve Coogan).
Stiller is clearly comfortable playing this kind of put-upon character, and his performance here is less forced than some of his recent work. Of course, some of that has to do with the fact that he's playing straight man to Williams, Wilson and others.
"Night at the Museum" is rated PG for comic violence (slapstick pratfalls and the like, assorted mayhem and some vehicular violence), some vulgar humor relating to bodily functions and scattered profanity. Running time: 108 minutes.
E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgDecember 22nd, 2006 · Details