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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smtihsonian can be found here.
Some of the exhibits from the New York Museum of Natural History are being shipped to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. to be archived. The tablet of Ahkmenrah was to remain in New York, but Dexter, the key-stealing capuchin, filched it and took it along with him to the Smithsonian. The tablet awakens Ahkmenrah's evil brother Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), who links up with Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest), Napoleon Bonaparte (Alain Chabat), and Al Capone (Jon Bernthal) in an attempt to take back the throne of Egypt. But Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), ex-night watchman at the Museum of Natural History, has friends of his own, such as Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), General George Custer (Bill Hader), Jedediah (Owen Wilson), and Octavius (Steve Coogan). Together, they take on Kahmunrah's army in order to get back the tablet.
Yes. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is a sequel to Night at the Museum (2006), which was based on a 1993 children's book The Night at the Museum by Croatian author Milan Trenc. The screenplay for Battle of the Smithsonian was written by /American comedian writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. It was followed by Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).
Although Night at the Museum 2 can be seen alone as an action movie, it is recommended that the first movie be watched before seeing this one. It helps to provide the history behind the tablet of Ahkmenrah and how it causes the exhibits to come alive at night. The first movie also tells how Larry Daley came to be the night watchman at the Museum of Natural History and why he cares enough about these wax figures to go to battle for them.
Most of the artworks shown are not in the Smithsonian collection. Some of the pieces shown are: (1) the oft-reproduced V-J day in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstadt, originally published in Life magazine, (2) American Gothic by Grant Wood (Art Institute of Chicago), (3) Nighthawks by Edward Hopper (Art Institute of Chicago), (4) Crying Girl by Roy Liechtenstein (Private Collection in Cleveland, Ohio), (5) Le Penseur (The Thinker) by Auguste Rodin (Musee Rodin, Paris), (6) La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans (Little Dancer of Fourteen Years) by Edgar Degas (Royal Academy, London), (7) Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons (there are multiple versions, in different colors), and (8) Venus Italica by Antonio Canova (North Carolina Museum of Art).
While Kahmunrah and Larry battle it out, Kahmunrah with his kopesh and Larry with his flashlight, Amelia inserts the tablet in the door, causing it to open. Larry pushes Kahmunrah through the door, hurtling him back to the Underworld. With only an hour left until sunrise, Amelia flies the group from the Museum of Natural History back to New York. After Amelia and Larry make their goodbye, Amelia gets back in her plane but heads towards Canada instead of Washington D.C....until she corrects her course. Larry is welcomed back by Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), who reminds Larry that the returning exhibits cannot stay hidden in the basement for very long. Larry assures Teddy that he's got that covered. Two months later, the Museum is re-opening after a lengthy renovation and with new extended night hours. Larry returns in his old position as night guard, having sold his business. Dr McPhee (Ricky Gervais) informs him that they were able to accomplish the renovations because an anonymous donor gave them a huge endowment with the provision that everything stays the same. As the visitors mill around, the exhibits have come to life and are interactive with the crowd, Teddy riding around on his horse, Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher) and Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) as docents entertaining the children and explaining their exhibits, and woolly mammoths and ostriches roaming around. In the final scene, Larry catches a glimpse of a girl who looks a lot like Amelia and goes over to get a closer look. She says that her name is Tess. Larry suggests that she check out the Hall of Miniatures, and she asks him to take her there because 'I'm always getting lost.'
Yes. Tess and Amelia were both played by Amy Adams.
After the credits, no. At the start of the credits, a sailor from the V-J Day in Times Square picture is tinkering with the cellphone that Larry left behind. His mother calls him for dinner, and he replies, 'One second, ma! I really think I'm on to something here.' Also at one point near the end of the credits, the sound of Amelia's airplane engine can be heard.
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