Ben Stiller plays Larry Daley, a down-on-his-luck divorced father in this family-friendly tale directed by Shawn Levy (JUST MARRIED, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN). Larry has lots of ideas and dreams, but none of them come to fruition. In an attempt to prove his stability to his ex-wife (Kim Raver) and his son, Nicky (Jake Cherry), Larry accepts a job as a night guard at the Museum of Natural History. But the elderly night guards who hire him (played by entertainment legends Mickey Rooney, Dick Van Dyke, and Bill Cobbs) fail to mention one crucial detail: when the museum is closed, everything inside comes to life. From Attila the Hun to miniature Roman soldiers, African mammals to Neanderthal men, and Egyptian mummies to dinosaur skeletons, the museum teems with lively activity. Now it's Larry's job to control the mayhem and show his son that he is, indeed, a great man after all.
There might be a moral to this story, which is based on the book of the same name by Milan Trenc, but the screenplay and action remain light and breezy. Stiller is perfect as Larry, particularly in scenes with a sneaky monkey who repeatedly gets the better of him. Brief appearances by Anne Meara (Stiller's real-life mother) and Paul Rudd add to the fun. Carla Gugino plays a museum docent, Ricky Gervais portrays the incomprehensible museum director, and Robin Williams moonlights as a wax figure of Teddy Roosevelt that comes to life. Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan are particularly amusing as a bickering miniature cowboy and a Roman soldier.
Michael Barnathan - Producer
Milan Trenc - Source Writer, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, (2006)
Thomas M. Hammel
Mickey Rooney - American actor, singer, THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE
Joe Yule Jr. - American actor, singer, THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE
Mickey McGuire - American actor, singer, THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE
Robin Williams - American actor/comedian
Ray D. Tutto - American actor/comedian
Marty Fromage - American actor/comedian
Thomas Lennon - American comedic actor, THE STATE
Ben Stiller - American director/actor, MEET THE PARENTS (2000)
Guillermo Navarro - Director Of Photography/"Cisco Kid"
Dick Van Dyke - American Film/TV Actor
Robert Ben Garant - Screenwriter, PACIFIER (2005)
Ricky Gervais - British Actor, THE OFFICE TV Series
Mark Radcliffe - Producer
Alan Silvestri - Composer, VAN HELSING (2004)
Shawn Levy - American director, BIG FAT LIAR/NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Owen Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Owen C. Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Steve Coogan - British comedian/actor
Carla Gugino - American Actress/"Son In Law"
Ira Shuman - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Chris Columbus - American screenwriter/director
Bill Cobbs - Supporting Actor
Jake Cherry - Actor, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, (2006)
Theatrical Release: December 22, 2006
"[A]miable, painless and quite capable of entertaining the kids." - 03/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.66
3 stars out of 5 -- "A likeable comic fantasy for the family....You'll be admiring the craftsmanship of this visual CG feast..." - 05/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.82