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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - Movie Review

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
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Bottom line: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian will entertain kids, who will get a kick out of hearing the voices of the Jonas Brothers playing musical cherub statues, and it makes reference to several real historical figures. Parents can expect the same slapstick violence that was in the first movie, along with an added element of flirtation with the introduction of Amelia Earhart.


MPAA Rating: PG, for mild action and brief language.
Genre: Adventure/comedy
Guide recommended age: 7 years+
Runtime: Approx. 105 minutes

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - Overview

Larry Daley has moved on to bigger and better things since his days as a museum night guard at New York City's Museum of Natural History, but he still visits his nighttime friends at the museum -- the ones who can only come to life at night due to the power of an ancient Egyptian tablet. Only he apparently hasn't been visiting enough, because he suddenly finds out that the board voted to renovate, and most of the current displays are being shipped to the storage facility under the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., where without the tablet, they will never come to life again. Havoc breaks out when monkey steals the mystical tablet and takes it with him, bringing all of the displays at the enormous Smithsonian to life.

Jedediah the cowboy calls Larry for help when Kahmunrah, a power-hungry Egyptian pharaoh, comes to life with a grand plan to use the tablet to rule the world. Larry gets there just in time and teams up with the spirited Amelia Earhart to try and stop Kahmunrah, along with his new accomplices -- Al Capone, Napoleon, and Ivan the Terrible -- from resurrecting an army of the after world and attempting to take over today's world. With a little help from some big friends, Larry and Amelia just might have a fighting chance to recover the tablet and restore order to the museum.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - Guide Review for Parents

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is quite similar to the original movie, so if your kids liked the museum mayhem then, they will probably love the new movie. Battle of the Smithsonian adds the spunky character of Amelia Earhart, as well as the evil yet kind of silly Kahmunrah, a lisping bad guy with an attitude. Battle of the Smithsonian also seems to rely more heavily on back and forth banter between characters for comedy, which will be familiar and funny to kids in this day and age when put-downs and sarcasm reign in the entertainment world. For a more detailed view of the content in the movie, please see the content overview below.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – Content Overview

  • Violence (Medium): Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian contains the same sort of slapstick action violence that the first movie did. Characters chase and threaten each other with swords, spears, axes, and more. Characters in small planes crash into walls and museum artifacts. Various destruction due to the human characters and animals occurs to the museum and surrounding areas throughout the movie. Kahmunrah and his small army threaten characters with spears and other means of death. All of this violence is played for comedy and, for the most part, no one is terribly hurt. One character does disappear into a mysterious and creepy after world realm.

  • Sex/Nudity (Low): A few kisses are shown in the movie. Some nude statues come to life, but the positions of the characters and the camera views prevent the showing anything more than bare bottoms. The movie also contains some mild innuendo.

  • Drugs and Alcohol (None):

  • Language (Low): The word “damn” is used. "My God" and variations of the phrase are used a couple of times.

  • Disrespectful/Imitative Behavior (High): Kahmunrah, Napoleon, and Al Capone all desire to rule the world and are willing to do anything to accomplish their goal. Larry has several battles of wit with other characters using insults and sarcasm. Characters repeatedly put each other down. These scenes are all played for comedy, but kids may want to imitate the attitudes and try to "zing" others the same way the characters in the movie do.

  • Scary Scenes (Low): Young children may be unsettled by some of the violence or scared that Kahmunrah will win. A scene involving a giant squid may potentially be frightening for young kids.

  • Sad/Unsettling Scenes (None)

  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – Topics to Discuss

    • After seeing Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, kids may have questions about the following topics: Amelia Earhart and other historical figures, museum displays coming to life, the after world, the secret to happiness in life.
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