Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Amy Adams as: Amelia Earhart
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Written by: Robert Ben Garant, Simon Kinberg, Thomas Lennon
Selected Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria
Release Date: May 22, 2009 (US)
Genre: Action / Comedy / Family / Fantasy
MPAA Rating: n/a
The sequel to the suprise hit original.
The centerpiece of the film will be bringing to life the Smithsonian Institution, which houses the world’s largest museum complex with more than 136 million items in its collections, ranging from the plane Amelia Earhart flew on her nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic and Al Capone’s rap sheet and mug shot to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and Archie Bunker’s lounge chair.
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Amy Adams will be playing Amelia Earhart who has a crush on security guard Larry (Stiller).
Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, which she was awarded as the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937. Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day. Learn more about the real Amelia Earhart at Wikipedia.
“It’s going to be an Amy Adams butt show. I was like, ‘That’s a lot of information.’ I’m not known for showing my a– on camera, but there it is.”
Larry Daley: Jimmy-jacked?
Amelia Earhart: It’s the way I speak!
Larry Daley: Yeah, but that sounds made-up, even for you…
Amelia Earhart: [flatly] ‘Oh no, our path has been blocked by bad people’ what’s the fun in that? The point is, we’re not getting into ‘Air and Space’ right now.
Larry Daley: Yeah, you’re right. We are…
• Filming began late May 2008.
• Reese Witherspoon was originally in talks to play Amelia Earheart.
“It all works because Stiller, with his eager-to-please anxiety and his incredulous double takes, is the perfect addled straight man for a hellzapoppin history show. And it works because Amy Adams, as Amelia Earhart, has the breathless, daffy-sexy vivacity of a ’30s screwball heroine, her eyes lit with fire, her delivery as sharp as cut glass as she rat-a-tats out lines like ”You haven’t been able to take your cheaters off my chassis since we met!” Battle of the Smithsonian has plenty of life. But it’s Adams who gives it zing.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly