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May 20, 2007

Family Movie Night at the Museum

A few days ago, we had a Family Movie Night with the kids.

This time, we chose Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller.

The movie held their interest the entire time, and both kids had several laugh out loud moments. They were still quoting their favorite lines earlier today. The movie had lots of harmless slapstick moments, and for the most part, was kid-friendly.

On the downside, there were a few moments that, while not a major concern, were just a smidge iffy. To wit:

1) Not a huge deal, but at one point, Ben Stiller's character told the miniature Roman not to be a "kissass".

2) Owen Wilson's cowboy character says "I ain't quittin' you!" to the aforementioned Roman guy, an obvious reference to Brokeback Mountain's "I wish I knew how to quit you!". Now, this will most certainly be over the heads of most if not all young children, so it's not that I had an issue with it personally. It's more that if there are parents out there who may be bothered by this sort of thing, just so you know, it's in there.

3) The feisty Capuchin monkey urinates on and then has a slap fight with Stiller.

Anyhoo, that's about it in a nutshell. We enjoyed it together as a family, and as long as you don't have a problems with the issues I listed above, your family just might, too.


  • Yeah, we were surprised by how good this film was, given that it didn't have to be. Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt was awesome.

    The kiss-ass line made me squirm a little bit in my seat, too. One thing I really liked about the movie? It avoided making the step-father the classic 'big-jerk' step-dad. He comes across as kind of goof, but when he brings the step-son by to see his dad at work...I thought that was kinda cool.

    By Blogger wizardru, at 6:09 AM  

  • Good call on the step-father thing. They didn't go for the easy adversarial setup, though Paul Rudd's character was the stable, successful polar opposite of Stiller's character, so they didn't avoid the stereotypes completely.

    By Blogger Dan, at 10:57 PM  

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