If you haven’t yet seen the movie “Night at the Museum,” make sure to add it to your list. You will love it.
Larry Daley is a dreamer. This isn’t always a bad thing, but in his case, he’s lost more jobs than most people usually have in their entire lives and he’s on the brink of being evicted from his apartment. Again. His ex-wife is concerned about his welfare, but more particularly for the emotional well-being of their ten-year-old son, Nick. She feels that perhaps Larry shouldn’t see Nick until he gets his life under control.
Larry knows it’s time to bite the bullet. He visits the employment agency and begs them to send him on any job they have. They’re reluctant, because he’s already turned down so many, but they cave and give him a referral to work at the museum as a night watchman.
Larry’s not sure he wants this job, but he goes to the interview anyway. He meets Cecil, the elderly, retiring watchman, and the two other men who have filled the position. With the museum losing money, they are firing the three men and replacing them with just one, and Larry will be that one. Cecil gives Larry the instruction book and a pat on the back, and Larry is left alone in the building.
He is absolutely shocked that night to discover that everything in the building comes to life, from the dinosaur in the lobby to the little people in the dioramas. Not only is it his job to keep intruders from breaking into the museum, but to keep peace between all the different displays inside the museum as well.
As Larry learns how to mediate between the cowboys and the Romans, the Huns and … well, everyone else, he realizes that he does have what it takes to succeed, a lesson taught him by none other than Teddy Roosevelt.
This PG-rated film is wonderful. The moments of peril are fairly mild and I didn’t feel it was too violent for my children. In fact, we’ve watched it together as a family a number of times and we all enjoyed it immensely.
If you’ll excuse me, I’ve just developed a sudden craving for some gum …
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