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Night watchman Larry Daley is chased by a T-Rex during his memorable night at the museum. This is only one of the many things that occurred during his shift. The only person Larry can turn to for advice is a wax figure of President Teddy Roosevelt.
Comedy Action Adventure - This is an effects-laden adventure/comedy for the whole family. Some
scenes may be too intense for younger children, but on the whole this
one safe for young and old. Fans of Ben Stiller's more edgy work may
be disappointed, however.
USA TodayFull Review Average A daytime field trip to a local museum with a droning guide beats the tedium of the strangely lifeless Night at the Museum. Though the premise is clever, this movie doesn't make the best comic use of the concept. The talented comedic actors have some funny lines, but they also have plenty more that fall flat. The only consistently humorous character is the museum's inarticulate, pompous director
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 140 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: THEY LOVED IT!
TEENS: THEY LOVED IT!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: A very high percentage loved it. Highly recommended.
ADULTS: GREAT OPINIONS from adults! Over half rated it "Excellent" or "Fantastic" and very few rated it as low as average. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Larry Daley (BEN STILLER), a down-and-out
dreamer whose imaginative ideas have never paid off, finds himself in desperate need of a
job. Larry has always believed he was destined for big things. But he has no idea just how
literally gargantuan and hairy a challenge he will face when he grudgingly accepts the
supposedly menial graveyard shift as a security guard at the Natural History Museum. On his
very first night on the job, Larry is handed an over-sized flashlight and a dog-eared instruction
manual, then left all alone in the eerily quiet, cavernous museum. At least, he thinks he's
But wait, what's that noise? To his utter astonishment and disbelief, Larry watches in
shock and awe as, one by one, the primeval beasts and storied icons that surround him stir
magically to life – and total havoc ensues. Now, as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Attila The Hun
carve a swath of destruction through the marble corridors, and lions and monkeys prowl the
fragile exhibits, Larry is at a loss as to how to get the museum back under control. At his
wit's end, Larry must recruit the help of historical heavyweight Teddy Roosevelt (ROBIN
WILLIAMS) just to survive the night. Facing the possibility of losing his job and letting
down his son Nick yet again, Larry must wage an incredible battle to save the museum,
hoping to become at last the bold, adventurous dad he's always wanted to be. The man who's
been forever waiting for his moment of greatness – just found it.