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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Year: 2009
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Shawn Levy
Producer: Shawn Levy/Chris Columbus
Writer: Robert Ben Garant
Cast: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Robin Williams, Christopher Guest, Ricky Gervais, Bill Hader, Eugene Levy, Clint Howard

It's not that I'd never considered before how some movies are critic proof and therefore not worth writing about, it's just that I can't run a website that deals in movie reviews and just say 'same plot-free, family friendly movie, bigger budget thanks to huge ROI first time around'.

If I could, it would be all you'd need to know about this rehash of a night time security guard (Stiller in full corporate sell-out mode) who goes to work in another museum (the Smithsonian of the title) where all the historical figures, exhibits and displays come to lfe thanks to an ancient Egyptian table with magical powers.

Everyone invovled is obviously having fun, just watch Stiller and Azaria's ad-libbed argument scene and Jonah Hill's completely redundant cameo. But 20th Century Fox must be getting the biggest kick out of it, wallowing in money after paying off some hack to shoehorn a bunch of marketing committee set pieces into the script and a cheap graphics studio to produce ropey CGI.

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