Night at the Museum
- 1h 48m
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Ben Stiller plays the new night guard at the Natural History Museum who discovers that when the visitors go home, the real adventure begins, as the museum's exhibits come to life.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Parents might call this either a spectacle-filled adventure or a shallow and vapid CG-fest, depending on whether they choose to embrace this on the same level as their kids.
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Common Sense Says
Cute adventure; OK for tweens, but a little scary for kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Night at the Museum is a much-hyped, effects-heavy adventure that kids will definitely want to see. 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 frantic, 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.
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- Genre:Family, Comedy
- Release Date:December 22, 2006
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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