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A Movie That Is Good For The WHole Family.

  • Jul 13, 2009
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Pros: No nudity and no bad language.

Cons: Not enough of these clean movies to go around.

The Bottom Line: If you are not busy this would not be a waste of your money.

It amazes me how they can use computers to make things come to life time after time. In both of these movies they do an excellent job with the computer graphics. Ben Stiller who plays Larry Daley, who is the old guard at the Museum a couple of years ago, comes back to visit and finds out that all of the old pieces are being moved to the Smithsonian Institution in the national archives. With the exception of Teddy Roosevelt and the young King Kuhmunrah, the famous tablets that brings the whole museum to life at night will also be transported and that is going to be the last time that Larry sees Teddy come to life.

The whole time that Larry is in the institution he is able to get around the place and there seems to be hardly any guards to stop him. He comes across the Evil Kuhmunrah, the older brother of the good king. This King is trying to get the tablet of Ahkmenrah back and take over the world, so the evil king enlists the help of Al Capone, Ivan the terrible, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Wherever these tablets go things continue to come alive at night. Larry is trying to get them back to stop the evil king from world domination.

Amy Adams who plays Emilia Earhart, starts to fall in love with Larry, and Owen Wilson who plays Jedediah Smith does comedic slapstick while playing another miniature role along side Octavius being played by Steve Coogan. Most of the characters come back for this sequel, and just like the first movie, Rex the dinosaur and Dexter the Capuchin Monkey add to the hilarious scenes to this movie. You will not have to worry about any bad language or nudity in this movie, because there is none. Larry also has to take on all of the animals that come to life.

Larry goes from building to building taking on the challenges the he comes across. He will have to jump into wall paintings that come to life and Abe Lincoln comes to life to save the day. As usual the man does what he is told to do when a woman tells him to do. The evil king goes through a lot of of different costume such as Mohammad Alis robe and Fonzies jacket, he will also look at the ruby slippers while all of his enlisted henchmen are trying to hunt down Larry to get the tablets back.

This movie is rated PG, and will last one hour and forty five minutes in length. If you do not have anything else to do and do not have any favorite movie to see then this would be a good for the whole family. Our daughter enjoyed this movie and laughed through the whole thing. In the end Larry quits his suit job as an inventor to become part owner to the museum, He figured out that it is better to do something in life that you love than to do it for more money.


Movie Mood: Good for Kids
Viewing Method: Other
Film Completeness: Looked complete to me.
Worst Part of this Film: Nothing

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Ben Stiller returns to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as Larry Daley, the unfortunate night watchman who continues to encounter living and breathing museum exhibits. The film brings the Smithsonian to life, the world's largest museum complex with more than 136 million items in its collections, ranging from the plane Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) flew on her non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic to Dorothy's ruby slippers and Fonzie's jacket from Happy Days.

As caretaker of the Smithsonian, Larry faces conflict when an evil Pharaoh comes to life with the reestablishing of a tablet as a magical force in the museum, bringing the old exhibits (such as Theodore Roosevelt and Dexter) and new exhibits (like General Custer and Al Capone) back to life. Larry enlists the help of Amelia Earheart, who he later develops a romantic interest in, and together they try to put the museum back in order.

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