Don't spend the 'Night at the Museum' sequel

May 21, 2009 

Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum character Larry Daley has bagged the security guard career and is now a TV infomercial millionaire inventor.

He’s miserable and misses his old career. If only Stiller in real life would take a hint from his latest character and miss whatever career he had before acting and go back to it.

-- Times, theaters.

He plays some of the most boring characters in movie history. It is becoming boring, but no more boring than recycling the characters and the actors from the first film into another made-to-make-big-box-office-bucks sequel.

The premise has the New York Museum selling all of the characters and artifacts from the first film. They’re going to be stored at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

One of the monkeys steals the tablet that brings them all to life at night. At the Smithsonian, it also conjures up a power hungry ancient Egyptian prince played by Hank Azaria and the gorgeous Amy Adams as aviator Amelia Earhart.

Unlike their original film, Reno 911 writers Thomas Lennon — who is a terrific comedian and supporting actor — and Robert Ben Garant get their sequel off to a really funny start. The introduction of Azaria’s Kahmanrah will crack you up, and the charming Adams is disarming.

They also do some skilled and original comedy in a famed photograph.

But like Night at the Museum, once everyone is in place and the conflict is set up, the comedy is as dusty as the stuff from antiquity stored in the archives.

Mr. Movie rating: 1 star

Rated PG-13 for some mature themes. It opens Friday, May 22 at Regal’s Columbia Mall 8 and at Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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