Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

Rated PG. Our ratings: V- 2; L- 1; S/N-2. Running time: 1 hour 45 min.

A friend loves at all times,
and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.
Proverbs 17:17

Larry and Emelia Earlheart land in a pack of troubles.

2009 20th Century Fox

Ben Stiller reprises his role as the former night guard Larry Daley at New York City’s Museum of Natural History. Although now a successful entrepreneur, he misses his old pals who come life after sun down, and when he learns that the exhibits have been shipped to Washington’s Smithsonian during a major renovation at the New York Museum, he hastens to rescue them—and the world (of course) before a deranged Pharaoh can get his hands on a magic tablet and—. ..

Best parts of the silly movie involve Amy Adams as a sparkly Amelia Earhart and some imaginative sequences in which works of art come to life: in the famous photo of a sailor kissing a woman in Times Square to celebrate V-J Day our hero find himself amidst the crowd, and even kissing the woman. No real need to discuss this spoof: just sit back and enjoy the antics and the great special effects.