Night at the Museum 2

  • PG
  • Shawn Levy (2009)
  • US / Can
  • 100 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This snappy comedy sequel sees night watchman-turned-entrepreneur Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) return to his old haunts at New York's Museum of Natural History only to find that his exhibit pals (Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan) are headed for permanent storage at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. He's summoned by a phone call from the bowels of the archive warning of a plot by egotistical Egyptian prince Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria on top form) to take over the museum. It's all fun and games as Larry exchanges quips with Kahmunrah and his cohorts (Napoleon, Al Capone and Ivan the Terrible - or Ivan the Awesome as he would have it), falls for Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), takes advice from Einstein and hides inside Eisenstadt's famous VJ Day "kissing sailor" photo. With a broader scope and more imagination than the original, this is entertaining, educational family viewing - irreverent and clever if shamelessly anachronistic. The performances are pitched for laughs and pathos, yet the real stars are the special effects, which are even more delightful than before.

Plot Summary

Fantasy comedy sequel starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Amy Adams and Hank Azaria. Larry Daley has left his job as a security guard at New York's Museum of Natural History, where the exhibits come to life after dark. But when his historical friends are put into storage at Washington's Smithsonian Institute, Larry is called in to thwart a pharaoh who wants to summon an evil army from the underworld.

Cast and crew


Larry Daley
Ben Stiller
Amelia Earhart
Amy Adams
Owen Wilson
Hank Azaria
Teddy Roosevelt
Robin Williams
Steve Coogan
Ivan the Terrible
Christopher Guest
Napoleon Bonaparte
Alain Chabat
Dr McPhee
Ricky Gervais
General George Armstrong Custer
Bill Hader
Smithsonian guard
Jonah Hill


Shawn Levy

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Some violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 15 May 2009
Certificate PG