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2000s, Children, Comedy - YA

Night in the Museum

Released 2006 Rating PG
Director Shawn Levy Writer/s Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Starring Ben Stiller, Dick Van Dyke, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson
Source of story A book by Milan Trenc
Elevator Pitch An out of work inventor manages to get a job as night-watchman in the NY Museum of Natural History. He finds that all the exhibits come to life during the hours of darkness and has to learn their histories in order to keep them under control. With their help he must overcome adversity and incidentally impress his son.
Content Lots of CGI of extinct and living animals loose in the halls of the museum. Much fighting between the different groups of exhibits, the Union and Confederate soldiers for instance, and cowboys and Roman soldiers. Just a bit of possible romance. Some Ricky Gervais being himself (How does he get away with it?).
A View Mostly good fun, although it is necessary to adjust to the view of some of the exhibits that rather than being the actual people they are portraying, they are the wax facimilies of them. Really no subplots to hold the interest during the slow bits. And of course this might be an American view of museums, that rather than having exhibits of old stuff, they are filled with images of old stuff.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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