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

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:


Ben Stiller returns as night watchman Larry Daily, now a successful business man, who gets back to the museum just in time to find that he needs to get his friends out of trouble. This new installment takes us to the Smithsonian, and introduces us to new characters, such as Amelia Earhart, General Custer, and many more!

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When the lights go off the battle is on.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 May 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Another Night  »

Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,160,496 (UK) (22 May 2009)


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

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Clint HowardRon Howard's brother appears as a flight commander in the Aeuronautic Center. He did the same role in Apollo 13 (1995), directed by his brother. See more »


Amelia addresses the Tuskegee airman as "Captain", but he is not wearing captain's bars. See more »


Kah Mun Rah: I'm afraid that Mother and Father may have slightly changed the combination on me.
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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 »


Spoofs Beer and Pretzels (1933) See more »


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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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Rather average follow-up to an entertaining film
25 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really liked the first Night at the Museum, not bowled over, but very entertained. It had great special effects and it was great to see childhood legend Dick Van Dyke again. I was looking forward to this sequel, hoping for the same sort of entertainment. This is not a terrible film by all means, but as a sequel and film I couldn't help feeling disappointed.

Granted, the special effects were absolutely wonderful, and the cinematography, locations, costumes, sets and editing striking. Granted, the score was rousing and fun, and most of the direction solid. And granted the actors give it their all, Ben Stiller is solid if occasionally going overboard, Amy Adams and Hank Azaria are absolute hoots and Robin Williams returns as Roosevelt and along with Azaria is the standout of the actors playing the historical figures.

However, the recurring support cast aren't given much to do excepting Robin Williams, Owen Wilson is rather annoying, Napolean and Al Capone are written as quite badly-written caricatures and don't get me started on the Jonas Brothers, their presence added absolutely nothing to the proceedings and they were not funny at all. And if only there was a story and script that were consistently engaging, but the script and sight gags are very hit and miss and the story is thin, and these are further disadvantaged by the overlong length, tacky ending and too many scenes that drag.

In conclusion, watchable but quite average. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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