Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

DIRECTOR: Shawn Levy. MAIN CHARACTERS: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Skyler Gisondo, Owen Wilson.

FILM SYNOPSIS:Ben Stiller returns to the big screen as Larry Daley, the night guard at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. As in the earlier Night at the Museum films, ancient history icons come to life in Secret of the Tomb. This time they literally erupt during the exclusive premiere for national and international dignitaries. Larry’s job to bring order to chaos forces him to embark on a journey across the “pond” with his motley crew of exotic animals and historical characters. In his last film before his untimely death, Robin Williams continues his role of Teddy Roosevelt. Also Owen Wilson returns as Jebediah Smith. New characters include an Egyptian pharaoh (Ben Kingsley), a sassy monkey, and Larry’s teenage son Nick (Skyler Gisondo). The London museum occupants clash with Larry and his uninvited entourage after he figures out how to get past the British night guard (Rebel Wilson).

PREVIEW REVIEW: This third Night at the Museum does not disappoint. Clearly made with the intention of entertaining all but very young children whose attention span might be tested, Secret of the Tomb can be considered appropriate for the whole family. The action is clearly slapstick, the language free of obscenities and has no sexually suggestive behavior. Other than a monkey snuffing out a threatening fire by relieving himself, there is no crude behavior or dialogue. As in other Night at the Museum films, Larry learns wisdom from his museum family of historical characters. Now he is dealing with a teenage son rebelling against his father’s career plans for him. Through Teddy. Obadiah and others Ben opens his heart and mind to Nick and his dreams.

Besides the iconic Robin Williams, the all-star cast includes a brief scene with the late Mickey Rooney and still very vibrant Dick Van Dyke. Van Dyke shows he has not lost the energy and charm that you may remember from Mary Poppins. Clearly a treat instead of a treatment, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb will charm all but very young children.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
20th Century Fox

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several “damns” and “hells”.

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Action style of fighting, extensive property damage; no blood or injuries.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Families, 6 and over

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