Stiller’s ‘Night’ refreshingly fun

Actor finds comedic perfection through absurd, chaotic museum magic

“Night At The Museum” 4 out of 5 Stars

It’s Academy Awards season, and the dramas are playing by the dozens at local theaters. But when scanning the newspaper pages looking for a lighthearted flick for a night out, Ben Stiller’s newest film, “Night at the Museum,” is the way to go.

It might look like a movie for kids, but “Night at the Museum” offers a complete package for a kid of any age.

Stiller plays Larry Daley, a middle-aged father who has failed all his past attempts to find a career he loves and settles on a job as the new night security guard at the American Museum of Natural History in hopes of saving his relationship with his son. When Larry takes the job he is unaware of the museum’s secret – at night, everything in the museum comes to life because of an ancient Egyptian curse.

From the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that he calls “Rexie,” Theodore Roosevelt (played by Robin Williams), a group of miniatures from the American West and ancient Rome to Attila the Hun and Christopher Columbus, the museum is a hotbed of history, conflict and humor.

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By Liz White, Daily Gamecock staff writer

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