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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

By Christopher Gildemeister

 

Release Date: May 22, 2009

MPAA rating: PG for mild action and brief language

Starring: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan

Recommended age: 7+

Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green

 

Sex

Kissing, mild innuendo

Violence

Crashes, explosions, slapping, battles, fantasy violence

Language

“Oh my God,”  “damn”

Behavior

None

 

This sequel to Night at the Museum finds former night watchman Larry Daley now a successful businessman and inventor. Larry is dismayed to learn that his secret friends – the exhibits at the Natural History Museum, who magically come to life at night – are being boxed up and shipped to the Smithsonian for storage. But when the evil ancient pharaoh Kahmunrah is also returned to life with the goal of conquering the world, Larry is launched on a wild adventure alongside General Custer, Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart and many others, in a battle to save the world from Kahmunrah – and his museum exhibit friends from being forgotten.

 

There is little content of concern to parents in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Larry and Amelia Earhart exchange several kisses, and she accuses Larry of staring at her “chassis,” while Rodin’s Thinker shows off his muscles for another statue. Language is limited to a few uses of “damn” and “oh my God.”

 

There is a large amount of action in the picture, but little of it rises to the level of violence. Kahmunrah’s followers threaten Larry with spears, there are several chases involving airplanes, motorcycles and an octopus. Many of the exhibits crash through walls and into each other. Larry and the “good” exhibits are chased by Kahmunrah’s followers including Napoleon and Al Capone, ending in a wild battle involving swords fights, punches and general mayhem. Larry is also slapped by Amelia and a pair of monkeys for comic effect.

 

A delightful, action-filled romp featuring old-fashioned comedy, romance and thrills (and with characters that may pique some children’s interest in history), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is sure to be a fun-filled favorite for families. The Parents Television Council does not recommend this film for children under age seven.

 


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