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"Night At The Museum" Movie Tour -er- Review

Updated on August 19, 2014

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Plot Summary

A divorced father named Larry (yeah definitely sounds like the name of a character down on his luck) must try to get a steady job and a stable home so his son Nick won't think he's a loser. He takes his resume to an employee resource place and gets sent to the Museum of Natural History to be a night watchman. The museum isn't getting as many people visiting their museum as they formerly had so they have decided to fire the three older aged watchmen they already have and hire one new watchman. Larry quickly learns that the museum has a strange supernatural secret. Everything in the museum comes to life at night!

"Night At The Museum" Characters

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Starring

Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) as Larry

Robin Williams ("Good Will Hunting", "Good Morning Vietnam") as Teddy

Dick Van Dyke ("Mary Poppins", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang") as Cecil

Carla Gugino ("Watchmen") as Rebecca

Mickey Rooney ("Breakfast at Tiffany's", "Fox and the Hound", "The Muppets") as Gus

Bill Cobbs ("Oz the Great and Powerful", "The Bodyguard") as Reginald

Ricky Gervais ("The Invention of Lying", "The Office") as Mr. McPhee

Kim Raver ("24") as Erica

Jake Cherry ("The Sorcerer's Apprentice") as Nick

Patrick Gallagher ("Sideways") as Attila the Hun

Rami Malik ("Need for Speed") as Pharoh Ahkmenrah

Pierfrancesco Favino ("Angels and Demons") as Christopher Columbus

Charlie Murphy ("Norbit") as taxi driver

Mizuo Peck ("A Case of You") as Sacagewea

Steve Coogan ("Philomena") as Octavius

Paul Rudd ("Our Idiot Brother") as Don

Owen Wilson ("Marley") as Jedediah

Movie Still of Gus, Cecil, and Reginald

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Movie Rating

3 stars for "Night At The Museum"

Movie Review

"Night At The Museum" brings lighthearted comedy to the idea of history. The cast is full of funny well known actors. That being said it's not the best movie ever, but it does deliver a fun little crazy story.

Good Things About This Movie:

  • Fun laughs
  • Interesting casting choices
  • Some fun CGI
  • Pretty good adventure movie for families

"Night At The Museum" has plenty of fun humor moments. It's not deep humor, but it's not ridiculously stupid humor either. It stays in the middle and remains family friendly throughout. The casting choices were all good and unexpected. Casting older actors who were very iconic back in the day was a really good idea on the part of the casting team for the movie. The last movie I honestly had seen with Dick Van Dyke in it was "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", so it was exciting to me to see him in this movie. He still has a level of that youthful mischief in his eyes that he had in "Mary Poppins". Mickey Rooney also had me laughing hysterically, and was hands down the funniest character. Robin Williams is well cast as Theodore Roosevelt. I never realized how much he looks like the former president. He has a few funny moments. Ben Stiller I find is kind of hit and miss for me in the comedy department. He doesn't always seem that funny to me even though many people say he's hilarious I just don't always understand his humor. I think he's hilarious in "Tropic Thunder" though and some of his moments in "Reality Bites" are funny. Ben is good at playing the guy that's down on his luck though and that's mostly what the role required so I think he's well cast. The CGI is well done for the statues and stuff wandering around. It doesn't look too outlandish or false. It was also never overdone. The best thing about this movie is it really is a good adventure film for families. It doesn't really give any overly adult jokes and sticks to being aimed at younger audiences.

Bad Things About This Movie:

  • Perhaps a bit too predictable
  • Follows in the vein of many other disappointing dad who needs to prove he's better to his kids movies
  • Not nearly enough Robin Williams as Teddy scenes
  • Perhaps adding more history to it might have added to the educational level of it

Maybe it's just me, but I knew right away who the bad guys were. I will avoid giving it away though to those who haven't seen it yet of course. I wouldn't want to ruin it for all you fine people out there. (smile and wave) You'll likely figure out who the villain or villains are in no time though. Is it just me or is there a plethora of movies about loser dads? Maybe there just are a lot of loser dads out in the world and that's the reason why someone always writes that kind of character, but it's a real shame. It would be nice to see a movie where the dad isn't a dead beat or loser. In "Night At The Museum" it definitely plays into that sort of a storyline. Maybe it was necessary for laughs and to explain why he was trying for the job, it just seems a little overplayed out. Robin Williams sadly isn't given enough scenes as Teddy. True, Theodore Roosevelt isn't a main character persay, but when you have a great comedic actor in your movie wouldn't you want to utilize his talents as much as possible? There's also a point in "Night At The Museum" that Larry starts researching history characters to understand what he needs to do to get on the good side of the museum inhabitants. This could have given a great opportunity to add some history education, but they skim over that so sorry this movie isn't educational exactly.

Similar Movies to "Night At The Museum"

  • "Jumanji"
  • "Zathura"
  • "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"

Who is this movie for?

This movie is for maybe kids ages eight and up. Parents may like it as well. It's a decent and not dumb family movie night kind of movie. It's not the best movie, but it will definitely give you some fun adventure and laughs. I give it a three and half out of five stars rating.

"Night At The Museum" Movie Trailer

Teddy and Larry Movie Still

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Movie Quotables

"I'm made of wax Larry. What are you made of?" -Teddy, from "Night At The Museum"

"Don't let anything in or out." -Cecil, "Night At The Museum"

Movie Trivia

Larry's inability to remember Christopher Columbus's name is a shout out to the producer Chris Columbus. -from Imdb

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      Nicole Kristine 3 years ago from MN

      Thanks for reading! :)

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Very nice and helpful review. Now I know it's more for children than for adults, which means, I won't enjoy it. Thanks very much!