Two stars (PG)
Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Carla Gugino, Kim Raver, Mickey Rooney
Noisy, busy, terribly unimpressive special effects comedy. On his first night as a security guard on the graveyard shift at the Natural History Museum, chronic loser Larry (Stiller) is stunned when all the men, beasts and even skeletons in the various exhibits magically come to life. Guess he didn’t see Jumanji. Ricky Gervais contributes some laughs as a stammering museum official, but most of the other jokes fall flat. Stiller is a drag, especially in the gloppy scenes with family. 108 minutes.
DVD INFO: Two separately packaged regular edition DVDs are available (one widescreen, the other cropped for square TVs), along with a two-disc special edition. The special edition includes two audio commentary tracks, deleted and extended scenes, scads of featurettes, plus a DVD-ROM game.