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Family Movie Review: Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb (PG)

NightAtTheMuseum3SecretOfTheTomb ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReviewKernel Rating (out of 5): half-popcorn-kernal

MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 97 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 12+. Lots of bathroom-related jokes, including a monkey peeing everywhere and on people; teenage kids at a party holding red Solo cups; the description of someone as the “sexist”; and a couple of kisses between a man and a monkey and between a human woman and a Neanderthal. No real violence (aside from a knight fighting a CGI dinosaur skeleton) or cursing.

Utterly unnecessary and largely uninspired, ‘Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb’ attempts to explain the franchise’s movie magic. But the same old jokes all fall flat in this decidedly unfunny sequel.

By Roxana Hadadi

Why is Ben Stiller fighting his funny side? His passion project, last year’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” was largely serious and blandly aspirational, and his starring turn in this winter’s “Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb” is equally mundane. In a cast of mostly zany characters, Stiller is the (extremely bored-seeming) straight man—and his monotonous performance makes it seem like he would rather be anywhere else.

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