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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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22 May 2009 (USA)  »

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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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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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When Larry and Kahmunrah are arguing and Kahmunrah is trying to get the tablet from Larry, and Larry is trying to get the hour glass from Kahmunrah, there are points when no sand is pouring through the hour glass, where according to the position of the hour glass, there should be sand flowing through. See more »

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Kah Mun Rah: [From trailer]
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Not as great or fun as the first
9 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe it was 3 years ago that the first "Night at the Museum" film was released. It feels like it was just last year that I watched the first movie, which was fun, humorous, and had heart. I was disappointed that "Battle of the Smithsonian" was such a bad film compared to the first. This time around, the museum is bigger, there's more characters, and there's a slightly bigger threat and villain(s). Yes, the museum is bigger in this movie (the Smithsonian is actually composed of a bunch of museums), but we only really get to see about two of the museums. There's a lot of characters, and the important ones from the first film come back, but they're not really used. Our favorite characters from the first movie are, for 99% of the film, trapped and locked away by some of the villainous exhibits from the Smithsonian. So basically, the big ensemble cast of comedians are underused and are wasted. The new characters and villains are entertaining at some points in the movies, but they also feel underused. Most of the focus is on the pharaoh villain, while Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Al Capone remained as the pharaoh's dumb lackeys.

Another thing I felt was lacking in this movie is the threat level. Ben Stiller's character never seems to be really threatened by the pharaoh. Whenever Stiller's character gets captured (which is about 2 or 3 times), he looks bored and calm. He doesn't react as if his life's threatened. Also, the villains never act like they're really going to kill anyone. The villains just act like children. This movie uses A LOT of SPECIAL EFFECTS. Sometimes the special effects are used for no real point. For example, the fact that now paintings in the museum come to life. This didn't seem to happen in the first movie, so it feels like the filmmakers were milking the power of the "magical tablet" until they ran out of ideas.

One of the only things in this movie that was worthwhile was Amelia Earhart, played by Amy Adams. Her character is so lively and spontaneous that she brings the movie to life (only when she's in the scene). Amy Adams' character is the only important exhibit on Ben Stiller's side against the enemies. Over the course of the movie, the two fall for each other. It's kind of weird if you think about it, since she's made of plastic and he's human. And I don't understand the ending where Stiller meets a character resembling Amelia Earhart and seemingly falls for her. Does this mean that its okay to love someone else that looks like your other love?

Overall, the movie was a waste and a disappointment. It's a fun family film, and it did keep my attention (although I felt really tired halfway into the movie – maybe that was because it was like 11 or 12 at night). The movie is entertaining and its fun to watch everything in the exhibit, but it wasn't that "good." Also, I do like the ending, which reveals the fate of all of the exhibits from the original museum. Oh, and the Teddy Roosevelt bust (the brown one) had a pretty funny part, even though it only lasted for less than a minute.


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