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Night at the Museum

There may not be a lot to the story, but the clever action sequences and wacky supporting characters make up for it. It’s just so much fun to see a giant marble statue of Abraham Lincoln come to life or the silly bobble head Einsteins.

It would make a great Saturday morning cartoon because you can’t stop watching the strange combination of tiny toy-size people and gigantic ones. And all because the ancient Egyptian tablet has fallen into the evil hands of Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria), who wants to take his rightful place on the throne and who holds Larry’s friends prisoner.

But the basement of the Smithsonian holds more surprises, as Larry soon finds out, just itching to get out of their crates. Missing is Larry Daley’s (Ben Stiller) struggle to prove himself to his son Nicky (Jake Cherry) because Nicky is 100% behind his dad now, so much so that mom is never mentioned.

Larry isn’t poor anymore either, in fact his business is better than ever and his new glow in the dark flashlight is a big hit. What one misses most of all is Larry’s surprise that the exhibits in the museum come to life and his fear and trepidation.

Instead, Larry is totally cool with what’s happening - nothing phases him and he brushes it all off. All that changes when Larry is forced to reckon with the daunting Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) who reminds him that life is an adventure and that kissing is worthwhile.

For Larry, a workaholic engrossed in himself and his work, that’s not bad. He realizes that the office isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and learns that where he really belongs is with his friends, in the museum.

by Tracy Wren
Stunning character sketches make this film unique, such as Degas’ “Little Dancer” who dances off her stand and Rodin’s “Thinker” who has nothing more than the nearest nymph on his mind. Curiously, the film contains an unusual amount of slapping.

Don’t be surprised if your two year old reaches up and slaps your face as you reach down to give her a goodnight kiss.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Release Date: May 22, 2009
Runtime: 105 min.
Genre: Action/Comedy
Rating: PG
Cast: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams,
Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest, Alain Chabat
Director: Shawn Levy

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