With its savvy mix of kid-friendly special effects and parent-friendly comedy, Night at the Museum
became a box office smash. Sadly, the uninspired sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
, manages to offer fewer joys on either of those fronts.
Ben Stiller returns as Larry Daley, who has left his night watchman gig at the Natural History Museum to become the CEO of a successful company that sells his quirky inventions, such as a glow-in-the-dark flashlight. On a return visit to the museum, he learns that most of the exhibits are being shipped to deep storage at the Smithsonian. This news disappoints his young son, but not until L...