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Larry must try to save his formerly inanimate friends from what could be their last stand amid the wonders of the Smithsonian, all of which, from the famous paintings on the walls to the rocket ships in the halls, suddenly have a mind of their own.
Action Comedy - Like the first film, this is an effects-heavy comedy/adventure for
the whole family that has large appeal for kids and parents but not
as much to star Ben Stiller's young adult fans. Amy Adams joins the
cast and gives the film a new romantic angle for female viewers.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average The best thing that can be said about the second Night at the Museum (which bears the unnecessarily long full title of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) is that it's harmless. And pointless. And dumb.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average Oh, did I dislike this film. It made me squirm. Its premise is lame, its plot relentlessly predictable, its characters with personalities that would distinguish picture books,...
USA TodayFull Review Average Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian resembles an enthusiastic but undisciplined child running amok through an exhibit. The exuberance might be admirable, but the headlong dashing and lurching around are major distractions.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 267 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:They LOVED "NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM."
TEENS:Great reviews from females. Nearly all of them rated it very high. Males reviews are very high, but not quite great. Nearly a third of them only rated it as "Good/Average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Great reviews from females. Nearly all of them rated it very high. Three-quarters of the males loved it. The rest rated it average to below average.
ADULTS:Great reviews from both the males and females. Nearly all of them rated it very high.
The fun begins as Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) has left
behind the low-paying world of guarding museums to become a sought-after inventor of Daley
Devices infomercial products. He seems to have it all – but something is missing in his life,
something that draws him back to his old haunt, the Museum of Natural History, where he once
had the magical night of a lifetime. There, he makes an unsettling discovery. His favorite
exhibits, indeed some of his truest friends, have been deemed out-of-date. Packed into crates,
they await shipment to the vast archives of the Smithsonian.
Their fate is unknown – that is, until Larry receives a distress call from the miniature
cowboy Jedediah (Owen Wilson), who informs him of an impending disaster. It seems the
newcomers have awoken their new digs, including the Egyptian ruler, Kahmunrah (Hank
Azaria), who's in a particularly nasty mood after 3,000 years of slumber. Now, he and a trio of
history's most heinous henchmen – namely Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest), Napoleon
Bonaparte (Alain Chabat) and Al Capone (Jon Bernthal) – are plotting to take over the museum
(and then the globe), as they unleash the Army of the Underworld.
Speeding to the nation's capital, Larry is clearly in over his head. But he's got some
impressive new friends – from the brilliant Albert Einstein to honest Abe Lincoln to the one
exhibit who takes his breath way –the irrepressible Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), who spurs
Larry to rediscover his missing his sense of fun and adventure. Along with his old buddies,
including Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), Octavius (Steve Coogan), Sacajawea (Mizuo
Peck), Attila The Hun (Patrick Gallagher) and the Neanderthals -- Larry will stop at nothing to
regain his friends and restore order to the National Mall, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Air
and Space Museum, before the stroke of dawn.