(2014) (Ben Stiller, Robin Williams) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Comedy: A museum night guard and his museum figure friends -- that magically come to life at night -- travel to London in hopes of saving the ancient tablet that's responsible for keeping them alive.
- At New York City's Museum of Natural History, Larry Daley (BEN STILLER) not only is the night security guard, but he's also the head of night programs there. With the opening of a new planetarium, he's been tasked by museum director Dr. McPhee (RICKY GERVAIS) to provide the "special effects," unaware of the reality behind them. As Larry discovered years ago, an ancient Egyptian tablet with magical powers brings various museum figures to life at night.
Along with former President Teddy Roosevelt (ROBIN WILLIAMS), there's Attila the Hun (PATRICK GALLAGHER); Egyptian prince Ahkmenrah (RAIMI MALEK); Lewis and Clark's Indian tracker Sacajawea (MIZUO PECK); miniature diorama figures cowboy Jedidiah (OWEN WILSON) and Roman emperor Octavius (STEVE COOGAN); several Neanderthals including one, La (BEN STILLER), who's been painted to look like Larry; a T-Rex skeleton; and a capuchin monkey known as Dexter.
But due to corrosion on the tablet, the figures act erratically, thus ruining the planetarium's opening night gala. In hopes of figuring out what's wrong, Larry convinces Dr. McPhee to allow him to take the tablet and Ahkmenrah (RAIMI MALEK) to London's British Museum to reunite the latter with his parents, Pharaoh Merenkahre (BEN KINGSLEY) and Queen Shepseheret (ANJALI JAY). Realizing his teenage son, Nick (SKYLER GISONDO), needs some direction in his life, Larry takes him along for the trip, unaware that Teddy and many other figures have snuck along as well.
Once he gets security guard Tilly (REBEL WILSON) to let him in, Larry discovers them, as well as the perils of the museum's holdings coming to life for the first time, including a triceratops skeleton. Luckily for them, Sir Lancelot (DAN STEVENS) springs to life and saves them, but then continues his quest to find the Holy Grail. Learning from Merenkahre that the tablet will only last until the morning without a fix of moonlight, Larry and his friends try to make that happen, all while dealing with various obstacles and setbacks along the way.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of either of the first two "Night at the Museum" films, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For mild action, some rude humor and brief language.
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