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Chaos reigns at the natural history museum when night watchman Larry Daley accidentally stirs up an ancient curse, awakening Attila the Hun, an army of gladiators, a Tyrannosaurus rex and other exhibits. Larry tries desperately to keep the museum under control, but he's fighting a losing battle until President Teddy Roosevelt comes to the rescue.
Shawn Levy's "Night at the Museum" should not work at all. On the surface, it reads as a CGI-laden, lowest common denominator-targeting, overly kid-friendly adventure that may succeed at the box office while failing in terms of actual, memorable quality or spirit. Thankfully, the film shrugs off the ringing bells of soulless, corporate enterprise, and, though it may still be a CGI-laden, kid-friendly adventure, it is also a satisfyingly good ride.
The story revolves around Ben Stiller's put-upon dad who must secure a job in order to retain partial custody, not to mention the respect of, his son. Taking a position as a night watchmen at a natural history museum, Stiller's security guard watches as the displays come to life…
Oh look, it's the Ben Stiller Story Arc prancing around in a museum filled with poor CGI and lame humour.
Some campy good fun, and I like the inner, adventurous spirit-like approach this movie employs.
Unfortunately, a lot of the comedy is quickly dating (something Adam Sandler doesn't seem to be picking up on... someone tell him!) and the film isn't totally engaging for anyone over the age of 12, at times.
Ben Stiller is relatively charming, but mostly just plays himself. And hey, anything with a roman miniature in it can't be all that bad...
Some cheap fun, and has its moments.
A very painted by the numbers routine flare, but it undeniably has a lot of charm and heart to it. Not all of the jokes work, but I was surprise that at even 17 I still found myself laughing quite a bit, and the cast definitely helps make it a relatively fun adventure. And Carla Gugino always helps.
"Good Lord, Lawrence! Why are you slapping a monkey?"
Remembering Robin Williams Part 2
Even though it's not one of his more popular films, mostly because it's really a Ben Stiller film, Robin Williams is actually the scene stealer in this family film. In fact, this is actually probably close to one of my favorite family comedies in recent memory, because of the incredibly amount of comedic talent involved in the film. With the likes of Stiller, Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, and of course Robin Williams, there's not a better display of different kinds of comedy in one single place. It's not perfect, but it's a fun two hour distraction, and better, it may make kids excited…
"I'm made of wax, Larry. What are you made of?"
It's quick, it's wondrous and it's fairly well-made, in order to hate Night at the Museum you must be something of a pessimist, because, despite conveniences and an annoying child actor, it's just a simple and charming experience that kills time in a pleasant way.
Surprisingly enjoyable. Has a warm, 90's family film feel and some genuinely funny moments. It's not fine art, but it's good if you just need to watch a feel-good film with no commitment on your part.
This one wasn't that bad.
"NIght at the Museum" displays good spirit and heart while creating an entertaining story and characters for us to all enjoy.
When Owen Wilson says 'I ain't quittin you', that's a Brokeback Mountain reference right ??? Right???
I didn’t see this when it came out – my children weren’t interested. But on Sunday we had been out for a few hours with the dog and came home and had some lunch and wondered if there were any films on the TV and this was about to begin, so we watched it....well, I watched it, my partner was doing something on her laptop and then went off and did some baking, and my son read a primer for one of his older brother’s X-Box games and occasionally turned to me and asked, 'Why are you watching this?' My only answer was that I had started so I was going to finish. And it started OK. Ben Stiller is…
It's a highly flawed, but entertaining kids movie.
Very fun movie. Honestly I liked it when it first came out and seeing it with my daughter 10 years later I can say it still holds up. I didn't see any of the sequels but I plan to for sure. Great movie for a "family movie night".
All the movies that I have a distinct memory of seeing in theaters. There's probably a lot more that I…