Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Shawn Levy

Starring:

Ben Stiller as Larry Daley; Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart; Hank Azaria as Kahmunrah, The Thinker and Abraham Lincoln; Owen Wilson as Jedediah Smith; Steve Coogan as Octavius; Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt.

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Since the original Night at the Museum movie, things have been going well for security guard Larry Daley. He’s now a successful inventor and CEO of his own gadget company. Plus, he has a better relationship with his son, Nicky. 

However, when his old friends at New York’s Museum of Natural History are shipped off to Washington D.C., Larry is called in to help. Can Larry and his friends—Teddy Roosevelt, Jedediah Smith, Octavius—along with Amelia Earhart and other historical characters, stop the evil Kahmunrah from unleashing an army of underworld nasties?

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian features the same slapstick humor as the original movie (sometimes literally as when Larry confronts the capuchin monkey again). The laughs come in bunches, but the filmmakers have added more questionable language and inappropriate references than in the first flick. God’s name is misused about six times. And there are more slow-motion fight scenes.

On the positive side, Abe Lincoln quotes Matthew 12:25, "Just remember, son, 'A house divided against itself cannot stand.' " Plus, the film encourages viewers to do what they love, with the people they love. In a world that often tries to replace things of substance—friendship, loyalty, family—with some sort of substitute, it’s good to be reminded how important "old-fashioned" values really are.

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