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Common Sense Media: Hilarious History Movies

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

Ages: 7+

Why We Love It: Fun, fast-paced sequel is more upbeat than the original.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this follow up to the smash hit "Night at the Museum" is very similar in content to the original movie — so if your kids liked that one, they'll get a kick out of this one, too. Expect lots of generally lighthearted, effects-heavy chaos and action, with slapstick chases and confrontations and some moments of peril and danger (including scenes in which a somewhat scary giant octopus wreaks havoc and others involving creepy soldiers from the Egyptian underworld). Main characters get into fights and are threatened with weapons (guns, spears, swords) and words, but no one is seriously injured. One thing that's "missing" is the uneven father-son relationship from the first movie — this one skips the family angst in favor of a more romantic subplot that helps keep things more upbeat overall. There's a little language and some kissing, but no drinking or smoking. —Common Sense Media (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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