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(2006), PG [PG*] (1hr 43min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
December 27, 2006
76 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(2006), PG [PG*] -- Too bad it is not true.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, 1492 Pictures, 21 Laps Entertainment
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox
Director(s): Shawn Levy
Producer(s): Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Bob Ducsay, Thomas M. Hammel, Shawn Levy, Josh McLaglen, Lorne Orleans, Ira Shuman
Screenplay: Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Screen Story: Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
Book: Milan Trenc
Cinematography/Camera: Guillermo Navarro
Music: Alan Silvestri
Film Editing: Don Zimmerman
Casting: Heike Brandstatter, Coreen Mayrs
Production Design: Claude Paré
Art Direction: Michael Diner, Michele Laliberte, Bridget McGuire, Grant Van Der Slagt
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is not doing well. His inventions ... the snapper for one that uses a finger snap rather than a hand clap to turn lights on and off ... do not take. His ex-wife, Erica (Kim Raver) is doubting whether Larry should take their ten year old son Nickie (Jake Cherry) every Wednesday night and every other weekend because of the influence of an unsteady father. Even Nickie gets into the act of doubting dad and asks whether he should get a job. That did it.

At the unemployment office Larry finds that there is only one job that might be fit for him -- night watchman a the local Museum of Natural History. It seems that the museum is loosing money hand-and-foot and management wants to downsize by replacing the existing three elderly guards, Cecil (Dick Van Dyke), Gus (Mickey Rooney) and Reginald (Bill Cobbs) with one younger guard.

The interview, with Cecil, lasted about three minutes then Cecil turned Larry loose to start the job of keeping everything out ... and in. It isn't long before Larry finds out what Cecil meant by keeping things in.

Larry's first encounter with a museum employee is receptionist and guide, Rebecca (Carla Gugino) who is a Sacajawea fanatic since Rebecca is building her doctoral dissertation on Sacajawea (Mizuo Peck) who happens to be one of the characters in the museum that comes to life every night. Rebecca is about to give up on her dissertation since she simple cannot find the answers to a couple key questions precipitated by her dissertation.

Cecil, Gus and Reginald are somewhat helpful in getting Larry acclimated to his new job. They even leave him (rather hurriedly) with an instruction booklet that tells Larry step by step what he has to do every night -- to survive. Survive!? Hold on! What's this survive stuff? One of the duties of the night watchman is to lock up the lions to keep them from eating him.

Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher) turns out to not be the murderous marauder the world thinks he is. Not entirely anyway. He is on occasion sensitive. Explorers Lewis and Clark (Martin Christopher and Martin Sims) are rather argumentative according to the script. Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) the mummified Egyptian king is not the night-walking, life-sucking Boris Karloff Hollywood taught us to believe. Rather Ahkmenrah is a key ally in the control battles which ensue, second only to the mentorship of Theodore Roosevelt (Robbin Williams). And I'll mention Dexter, the urinating monkey. But only in passing.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
This film is rather heavy in violence. Not so much in intensity or extremeness but in amount. A Tyrannosaurus Rex initially tries to eat Larry. Little display characters shoot Larry with flaming arrows and fireballs. Dexter and Larry engage in fisticuffs and that is after Dexter puts a jaw lock on Larry's nose bridge. Some episodes of creature violence border on intense. Threats with weapons, physical assault and other matters of violence rather fill the violence envelope quite densely. See CAP Rule of 1000 for more information regarding the contribution of many "lesser" issues of ignominy vice fewer but more bold or extreme issues. While all is clearly fantasy, a bad influence does not have to be real to influence badly. The mere presence of violence not even related may throw the already embittered or maturity-challenged observer into vaulting the threshold of control as his/her coping skills erode. [1 Cor. 15:33, Prov. 13:2, Prov. 16:29] It is because of the near saturation of the film with acts of violence that earned the red CAPCon Alert.

Impudence/Hate (I)
Some impudence on the part of the writers was revealed with three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus one euphemism of the most foul of the foul words. [Col. 3:8] An animal urinating on a human from above the human could have been left out and the film would not have lost any power or appeal. Note that other than the monkey urinating on Larry, there was no other toilet humor and no crotch humor noted ... most atypical of most PG films. [Eph. 5:4]

Sexual Immorality (S)
The only sexually immoral behavior demonstrated in the entire 103 minutes of the film was the portrayal of an unmarried couple cohabitating. [Gal. 5:19] That a child was involved did not help. [Luke 17:2, Matt 25:40, Matt. 18:10]

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
There were no examples of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs noted.

Offense to God (O)
As Larry and a monkey character exchange slugs to the face, Teddy Roosevelt shouts at Larry "...your primate brother! Without him, there is no 'us'." I suppose promotion of evolution and claims that man is descended from the apes in a museum of natural history is to be expected. Too bad it is not true. Also, there were two uses of God's name in vain but each without the four letter expletive. [Deut 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M)
There were no murders or suicides noted in the entire film. There were killings of characters but they were acts of warfare/battle. Acts of war and police action resulting in death are not incorporated as murder by the CAP analysis model but are incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.


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  • Prov. 13:2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things, but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit." Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy (injurious speech, slander in this use), filthy communication [aischrologia: foul speaking, low and obscene] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Matt. 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones [which includes at-home teens]; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. ["Despise" is kataphroneo {kat-af-ron-eh'-o}: to condemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of, to look down upon (which includes abuse, even by influence, lying to them, enticing/teasing them, seducing them and/or their thoughts, etc.). What do you want the angels for your kids to say to God? By the way, "little ones" is mikros meaning less by birth, younger. All of your children are "less by birth" than you. All of them are "younger. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    NIght at the Museum (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • civil war firearms
  • statue pose of blade threat
  • slapstick violence, repeatedly
  • creature violence, repeatedly
  • animal threat, repeatedly
  • small character warfare with gunfire and bayonet killings
  • animal bite
  • impalement with darts
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • drawing of human dismemberment
  • physical assault, repeatedly
  • battle violence
  • spear threat
  • firearm threat to control
  • sword threat to control
  • theft

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one euphemism of the most foul of the foul words
  • animal urinating on a human
  • deceit

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • cohabitation and with a child involved

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive
  • evil Egyptian "magic" creating animation of inanimate things
  • drawing of evil magic
  • "...primate brother" (a monkey)
  • "Without him (a monkey) there is no 'us'"
  • one use of the cornutto by a character
  • resurrection of a mummified being

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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