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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

 -  Action | Adventure | Comedy  -  22 May 2009 (USA)
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Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.

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Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.

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When the lights go off the battle is on.


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Rated PG for mild action and brief language | See all certifications »

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$150,000,000 (estimated)

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£4,160,496 (UK) (22 May 2009)

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$177,243,721 (USA) (30 October 2009)
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Trivia

The Smithsonian does host a giant squid exhibit, but this was forgone for a giant octopus in the film. For some reason, however, the film's marketing in Japan (where the difference between a squid and an octopus is common knowledge) consistently referred to the octopus as a "squid," even though it is never directly identified as either animal in the film. See more »

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The Egyptians did not have any concept of PI until over 800 years after the pyramids were built and when they did their calculation was (incorrectly) 3.16. The reason why PI seems to pop up in certain ratios of measurements of the pyramids is most likely because they could have used wheels as measuring devices. See more »

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Jedediah: [referring to Kahmunrah] He is not a friendly; I repeat, *not* a friendly!
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There is an extra scene during the credits where Sailor Joey Motorola is seen reverse-engineering Larry Daley's cell-phone. He says to his mother (off camera) "I think I'm on to something!" See more »

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The "B" Movie is alive and thriving
14 June 2009 | by (Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

The first movie seemed to be lacking something. It was exciting, fun, creative, and even emotionally engaging. But it was still lacking that "umph". This movie was similar to the first one, except it was also lacking everything else I just mentioned.

I was much more entertained by analyzing why certain people would laugh at certain points and not at other points. The story is lame, the acting is not good, and the script is TERRIBLE. I believe that I have not seen such a poorly written piece in a long time. It created that awkward silence which every person in life hates to happen to them...multiple times throughout the movie.

HOWEVER, KIDS WILL LOVE IT. I heard them laughing throughout. I will never let my kids see this one though because, unlike the first one, it wasn't even enlightening in history. The only person I find accurately portrayed was General Custer. And I utterly hated the misrepresentation of historical figures with annoying modern phrases. When the singing cupid Jonas Brothers showed up, I lost hope for the movie. Robin Williams was a fresh breath of air in every scene he was in. Amy Adams wasn't bad, but almost over the top. The new Pharaoh guy was semi-funny, but was brought down at other times by the bad script. Ben Stiller is the "umph" missing in both movies because he won't go all out in acting as he does in his older comedies like Dodgeball.

Also, only the main plot from the first movie was the only thing that seemed to connect to the first one. Night at the Museum was a creative venture that opened up history in a new way. Battle of the Smithsonian was probably well-intended to reopen history to people and especially children. This one just seemed to fall flat on its face. Don't waste your money unless you have NOTHING better to do, have seen every movie worth seeing (start with IMDb's Top 250), or have young kids.


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