On July 4th, Lori waa invited to a reciprocal birthday dessert with a friend of hers from Plainview. The deserted husbands decided it would be a good idea to haul the kids off to a movie theatre in the meantime. After waiting in line for tickets to Ratatouille and finding out that the ticket master had been too busy to post that the tickets to that movie were sold out, we decided to head to Hastings and rent a move instead. It’s not easy to get four kids to agree on a movie, especially with their ages are 2, 4, 6 and 7. The two year old we weren’t worried about but we finally settled on one after a couple of others were dismissed due to a lack of unanimity. We managed to reach a consensus when we asked, “Do you want to see ‘A Night at the Museum’?” Answers: Yes, Maybe, and if I can’t watch “Bridge to Teribithea” then Okay. That’s best consensus we could reach.
I was a little worried about choosing it because I knew that Lori was completely uninterested in seeing it. At the time, I didn’t know why so I was worried that she might not want the kids to see it as well, but I decided to power through and cross my fingers that I would not get into too much trouble. I found out later that part of the fact that she is not a fan of Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, or Robin Williams. So it had a lot going against it from the start. The icing on the cake, however, was the quip in one of the previews that she saw. Ben Stiller’s character and a monkey were having a face slapping fight and Robin Williams comes by and says, “Will you stop slapping that monkey?” The double entendre did not sit well with her and she expected the rest of the movie to follow suit. Turns out that it does not. In fact, there is nothing about that scene that let our kids know there might be a double meaning to that phrase and the rest of the film is about as wholesome as you could ask for from a PG rated film.
The plot centers around a divorced Dad who has yet to find a steady job and his ex-wife, engaged and worried about their son threatens to keep the father and son apart. I just realized that sounds extremely familiar (Liar, Liar?). Anyways, he finds a job as a night-watchman at a museum where everything comes to life each night, from the dioramas with miniature Romans, Cowboys and Aztecs all the way to the Hall of Mammals. Pretty standard comedy bits follow but they were amusing and fun. I really enjoyed the roles of Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt and Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney as a couple of the outgoing night watchmen. Great ensemble cast. By the way, it was fun to get to explainro Emily who Mickey Rooney was. There is an Animaniacs song called the Universe Song where one of the lines is “We’re tiny little specks about the size of Mickey Rooney.” We had never talked about what that even meant so she got to learn that the really short guy was the same person they mentioned in the song.
The plot is fairly predictable but still fun. I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it as a family film. Oh and by the way, after Lori got back from the dessert, she did finally watch it and liked it.