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Night at the Museum 2006

A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc...

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Ben definitely found his place in his museum movies.
LOVED IT! The first time I saw this was in theaters with my grandma and brother/sister. So much stuff I didn't catch as a kid. Great movie. Love these feel good movies.

its so amazing

Based on Milan Trenc's children's book published in 1993, Night at the Museum is a family-oriented comedy/fantasy film directed by Shawn Levy (The Pink Panther remake, Cheaper by the Dozen, Just Married, Big Fat Liar) starring the ubiquitous Ben Stiller and the equally ubiquitous Robin Williams (Williams, thankfully, has slowed down of late). Levy's track record of lightweight, inoffensive family comedies isn't likely to convince moviegoers to run out and see Night at the Museum's opening weekend, but if your family includes pre-teenagers or you count yourself among Ben Stiller and/or Robin Williams fans, there are far worse ways to spend a Saturday night.

Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), a lifelong dreamer and schemer, takes a job as the night watchman at the Museum of Natural History to make ends meet and to avoid losing contact with his pre-teen son, Nick (Jake Cherry). Nick lives with his mother Erica (Kim Raver), an attorney, and her fianc
Night at the Museum is about a guy (Stiller) Who needs a job and signs up as a night watchman at the museum of natural history where, unknown to him at the time, everything comes to life at night. It is a very good family comedy and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, which is always a good thing....It is PG so there is not crude/sexual humor like in some of Stiller's other movies but it was still pretty funny in some parts...I have not seen Charlotte's Web, but Night at the Museum should be a great film for families in the upcoming weeks.
I saw a sneak preview of this movie on Friday night and I must say that the small children in the audience, following a manic last half hour that only someone usually on Ritalin could appreciate, really seemed to like it. However, I am not a five-year-old boy. And I, like the majority of the adults in the audience, couldn't get out of the theater fast enough. The first part of this film drags, the middle part just sits there, and the last part flies by so fast that it barely registers. But the one thing about the film that really stood out for me was the fact that it just wasn't funny. At all. Even in the scene where Stiller is on screen with his own mother, Anne Meara, there is no chemistry whatsoever. And the one scene where Stiller is psychoanalyzing Ghengis Khan went on so long and the jokes were falling so flat and the audience was so quiet, it was physically painful to watch. Basically, send your young children to see it on the IMAX and go see something better on your own.
Back when I used to brave the cold winters of the east coast, a regular family tradition was to explore New York City. One of my favorite childhood haunts, aside from FAO Schwartz, was the Museum of Natural History. The sheer wealth of amazing historical sites in one location overwhelmed me on every trip, so naturally when I saw a family film which brought all the mannequins, historical artifacts and other exhibits to life, the idea intrigued me.

However two things stood in my way from anticipating 'Night at the Museum' wholeheartedly. While the concept laid the groundwork for a fantastically fun picture, the film's star, Ben Stiller, who has had just as many hits as misfires, has been teamed with Shawn Levy, the director of 'Cheaper by the Dozen' and the horrendous 'Pink Panther' remake. Despite the good premise, on paper the pairing of Stiller and Levy seemed like the ultimate recipe for disaster.....

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Night at the Museum (2006)

A lot of people are hating on this movie without having seen it but I thought it was a good family movie. It's good for all audiences and it made me laugh quite a bit. Owen Wilson was the highlight of this movie for me, and Ben Stiller, who I think is overrated, had his moments too.
Night at the Museum

Initial Reaction: Who's going to be the guide?



Main Characters

Larry Daley: He's a guy looking for work. He's played by Ben Stiller.

Teddy Roosevelt: He's the past president. He's played by Robin Williams.



Plot Summary

Larry's a divorced guy with one kid. The kid doesn't think highly of his father, so Larry tries to get a dependable job to change that. After several failed attempts, he lands a job as a night watchman at a museum.

The former night watchmen tell him a few things he should know show him around the place, and tell him that he shouldn't let anything in or out.

Right after the former watchmen leave, Larry makes a startling discovery: The exhibits in the movie come to life and they run about causing havoc and destruction. This makes Larry think twice about taking employment at that museum. But he sticks with the job a second night, and that night turns out just as chaotic as the first, which really pushes Larry to the edge.



SCORING

Main Male Characters

Larry's great as a guy who just wants a job in the worst possible way and gets a job in the worst possible way.

Teddy isn't as whacked or crazy like your usual Robin Williams characters, but he does have some zaniness in him. SCORE: 8



Supporting Cast

The guards and most of the exhibits have some quirks to them (that's good). It's too bad Larry's son comes across as average. SCORE: 7



Plot

We've got problems. Why is it that the exhibits ONLY come out at night and not during the day?

Another problem is that the main plot gets in the way of the comedy -- this film would've been better as Exhibits Gone Wild. SCORE: 3



Originality

This film does have an interesting take -- what if the exhibits were alive after all? SCORE: 8



Violence Factor

There's shooting, a train wreck and massive battling -- for the most part it's harmless, but I wonder how can you fight a war and have nobody get hurt? SCORE: 5



Other Moral Issues

Somewhere in the film is a message about teamwork and determination, but it feels weird learning life's lessons from a wax figure. SCORE: 5



Final Score (out of 60): 36 % Score: 60%

This film had some great laughs -- it's too bad the main plot sabotaged it.
I saw the movie with my 14 year old son and his friend. They as well
as my wife and I all really enjoyed this movie. It is what it is. Don't
read too much into it. The effects are really good. The trailers don't ruin
this movie, there is alot more to see. Well done.
With Ben Stiller's new attitude on life and a fresh perspective on his movies, his first family film 'Night at the Museum' is a great start. Most family films such as 'Museum' are spoiled by revealing all the key moments in the previews alone. I'm happy to say this was not the case, and plenty was left to be discovered.

Story/Plot: Weak overall; while the mysterious happenings each night are somewhat explained, it seems disjointed at times. Problems lead to more problems, and right when you don't think it could get any crazier, it does. While confusing at times, it wraps as you get closer to the end, even if it is a bit predicable. (As most family films are.) While the movie itself seems to lean towards pre-teens and older versus the younger group, there were moments catering to them as well.

Cinematography: Suprisingly good for a Disney movie; There was a strong contrast between the calm, slow scenes, and the fast-paced action scenes. You go through things from Stiller's character's point of view, adding an extra kick to the storytelling. The special effects are surprisingly good, letting you to get into the story easier.

Acting: With an all-star cast, how can you go wrong? The experience and skill show in the performance, definately. Suprisingly enough, easily recognizing the actors/actresses doesn't interfere with getting a feel of the characters. The characters themselves are surprisingly lovable, and everyone walks out with a favorite or two, if not more. (I myself can't decide between Teddy, Octavious, Jedidiah, or the Egyptian.)

Despite the somewhat scattered story and a few plot-holes, Night at the Museum is definately worth seeing. It manages to deliver an enjoyable and interesting movie even when the audience knows a huge part of the story already. It's one of those where not quite *everything* matches up, but you'll go with it anyways. Definately worth seeing twice, and probably a good movie to buy on DVD.
At times this is a mildly amusing little movie, but for the most part it's just bad. Not worth the price of admission.
Enjoyed the movie and the kids had a lot of fun.
Plotline: Down on his luck, divorced, and unemployed Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) settles for a job as a night guard at the Natural History Museum near his New York home, in order to be near his son, Nicky. But under the cover of darkness, the museum's inhabitants spring to life, giving Larry a little more than he bargained for. As the new night guard, Larry must keep everyone and everything inside because when the sun rises, all will turn to dust. With a little help from the plasticine president, Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), the Roman General Octavius (Steve Coogan), and the shoot em up cowboy, played by Owen Wilson, Larry must protect the museum's history, thwart the sinister plot of some former guards, and win back the loyalty of his son, all during a night at the museum.



Review: There were a couple of instances during my viewing where I had to take a reality check. I kept thinking- "Wait, who's directing this thing again?" Prior to A Night At The Museum, Shawn Levy was, in fact, my least favorite director of all time. I just couldn't understand how he kept getting these big budget productions, even after disasters such as The Pink Panther. Of course, there were a few scenes in the film that reminded me of Levy's cheap comedic style, such as Stiller getting hit in the face with a hockey puck, or being sprayed by a fire extinguisher, but all of those gags can be acredited to the less than impressive writing team. Levy actually makes most of the right moves, taking advantage of his stellar cast, despite the mediocre script. He obviously gave Stiller a ton of freedom to play around with those classic studder routines and other improvisations (This can be seen during the Atilo The Hun screaming sequence).

With such a wonderfully inventive concept, Levy gets everything right. The movie is never shallow, and doesn't try to be anything that it's not. Levy doesn't take on any huge action sequences, or any deep drama, but keeps the tone light and fun. The plotline concerning the cursed tablet and the former guards who attempt to steal it could have been quite silly, but surprisingly it works because Levy never takes anything too seriously. Moreover, the film could have been very manic and chaotic with all the CG animals and other museum artifacts running about, but A Night At The Museum stays tightly wound throughout, and has a ton of laugh out loud scenes thanks to the diverse cast of both classic and modern moguls. This is truly one of the better family films of the year. It's nothing memorable, but proves funny and charming even under mediocre script constraints. Mr. Levy, I formally apologize. Thanks for a joyful evening at the movies this holiday season...

Who I Liked: Coogan as Octavius just because he's one of my favorite actors. Other than that, the standout performance comes from Ricky Gervais as Dr. Mcphee.
Best: Coogan and Wilson as the miniature figures.
Worst: Script can't escape it's own faults despite the concept.
Tomatometer: 49%
Users: 83%
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I went to it not really expecting to like it, and I came out of there with a smile on my face. I was glad I spent the money on the ticket. It was a funny family movie for all to enjoy.
Larry (Ben) is told here is the guidebook, lock the doors, don't let anyone in or out--he is standing there thinking out?? Man is he and the rest of the audience in for some surprises. Even if you watched the TV ads, watched the internet trailers, still go to see this movie, not everything has been shown to you like some movies where you seem to know everything about it before you go. Who can't smile when you see a big t-rex acting like a little puppy waiting for the guard to throw the bone?! Owen is so funny in different spots of the movie -"I don't like to be man-handled".

I did read the synopsis though on here, and it says about a guard letting loose a curse--well in the movie this "curse" has been going on for 50+ years.


Night at the Museum isn't going to be nominated for any awards anytime soon, but if you're looking for an fun one-and-a-half hour diversion it will satisfy! This movie is just pure entertainment...although the beginning is slow, once the museum comes to life you will have a good time! There are plenty of nifty special effects, and really just the idea of the museum coming to life is pretty cool.

Night at the Museum reminded me alot of Jumanji--they both are good comic fantasy adventures, with plenty of interesting creatures and clever premises. Although I do have to say I like Jumanji better, it was darker and less predictable than Night at the Museum, and also not quite as cheesy.

So Night at the Museum is a good family film overall--it has many cheesy moments and is pretty predictable, but is lots of fun nonetheless.

:fresh: 7.0/10

After seeing the trailer & many commercial spots for it, Night at the Museum definately turned out to be the big surprise that I expected it to be. You expect to see pretty much the best scenes in those trailers & TV spots, but it delivered more than that. You get a great story based on a children's book that goes by the same name & get some hilarious performances. Ben Stiller puts on his funniest performance since Meet the Fockers. The supporting cast including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Carla Gugino, Ricky Gervais and the trio of Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney & Bill Cobbs (who play the night watchmen of the museum who Stiller takes over for) is excellent. The CGI-effects here to go along with the real animals used is very good. Kids & adults of all ages who enjoyed Jumanji will definately enjoy Night at the Museum. I totally recommend that you take the whole family to see this one. Other than that, I just wish that everyone out there in RT land has a Merry Christmas & a Happy Holiday. PEACE OUT!!!
Just awful.

1/2*


As far as family seasonal-fluff goes, Night at the Museum may prove more valuble than others, with the possible ability to encite some interest in History (as boring as the film's setting of The Museum of Natural History is in real life). There is a good, although minor, performances from Ricky Gervais, who could read the phonebook and get a belly-laugh. However, Stiller (outside of a few cheery momments), Robin Williams, and Carla "One Expression" Gugino are all a bit nauseating for my taste.

Altogether, there's not much about history in the film- it's far from educational, and the plot is not surprisingly paper-thin.

Next Up on the list of films I'm only seeing because I'm a Jew On Christmas: Dreamgirls
You know honestly, i'm shocked at how badly the movie reviewed by the "critics" of course they're of a different stock than the run of the mill, average american, family oriented person. When you compare their ratings to the viewers ratings it's quite startling to see such a HUGE difference. What makes them dislike, fun, family, clean entertainment?

As for us, I took my 6 year old to see it this morning. Our 3 year old isn't quite calm enough to sit still through a 2 hour movie so we had a little date just him and I. Cuddling in the comfy theatre chairs we laughed our butts off. We weren't the only ones, just about every adult and child in the theatre was cackling at some point, thoroughly enjoying this funny, well written, well casted movie. Ben Stiller played his usual funny self, but was shockingly good in the more serious dramatic father scenes. Caring, responsible, honest, I was very pleased, I almost didn't take my son to this movie because he was in it, but with Owen Wilson, Robin Williams and Steve Coogan I hoped they would balance out the movie, but Ben Stiller rocked this part. I hope to see him in more serious but funny roles in the future. As for Robin Williams, well he's always enjoyable, always brilliant, and always convincing, so it's no wonder he was cast as the loveable Teddy. Owen Wilson, can't say enough about him as an actor, and the scenes between him and Octavious, classic. We'll definitely be buying this movie when it comes out on video, if we don't take in another viewing while it's still in theatres.
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