Night at the Museum starts with a great premise: What would happen if all of the exhibits in New York's Museum of Natural History sprang to life after hours? As long as it sticks with that story and the one about the three elderly security guards pulling one over on the newbie, this silly comedy delivers. But like so much Hollywood product, this one labors under the illusion that it should somehow be more than that and so adds a sentimental back story that is apparently supposed to lend it more gravitas. Hardly—it just adds a layer of treacle that interferes with all the fun, nearly destroying the filmmakers' own good intentions.
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