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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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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!

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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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Did You Know?


Hank Azaria modeled his voice and the lisp after Boris Karloff from his performance in the original The Mummy (1932). Karloff had a small but noticeable lisp. See more »


Larry and Amelia Earhart take off in the original 1903 Wright Flyer. This Flyer is only capable of carrying one person. Although they fly it using a stick control, it was actually controlled using a mechanism attached to the pilot's hips whereby he could turn the aircraft by shifting his body from side to side. Also, it no longer hangs from the ceiling of the National Air and Space Museum, but is in a second floor exhibit hall sitting on the floor. See more »


Larry Daley: What, did they run out of U's on your name plate?
Brandon: I dunno, did they run out of jokes at the Interesting Joke Store that you shop at?
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »


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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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User Reviews

More lighthearted fun.
15 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really like this series. I never expected to enjoy the first Night at the Museum as much as I did, but I was pleasantly surprised by how funny it was. It could have just been a phoned-in kid's movie, but it ended up being one of the uncommon live-action family movies that's truly enjoyable for all ages. I think that it and Enchanted are the only two recent movies that fit that bill.

I had heard that Battle of the Smithsonian doesn't quite live up to the original movies, and in some ways, that's true. A few (well, slightly more than a few) of the jokes fall horribly flat, some of the characters are extraneous and unnecessary, and the story has to jump through several hurdles just to provide a reason for this sequel's existence. But with all that, I still really liked it.

Adding Amy Adams and making her a main character was an absolutely brilliant idea. The woman has never been less than perfect in any movie that she's been in, and I can't think of a better actress to play Amelia in a lighthearted way. Plus, an entire trilogy could be dedicated to her butt in those pants. Good Lord! Hank Azaria was fantastic as well, and most of the biggest laughs of the movie involve him. The other new additions are either less noteworthy or not noteworthy at all, but those two alone made Smithsonian worth watching.

I'll admit that Battle of the Smithsonian was a little too busy and too crowded, but I still found myself laughing and laughing. I'd put it only a bit behind the first movie in terms of quality, and on my scale that makes it a success.  

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