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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 20, 2009 at 8:54 AM

A learning experience at “Night at the Museum”

Here is why it’s important to bring kids along when you’re reviewing movies for kids: They know things we don’t. Last night, I took my ten-year-old niece Ellie to the screening of “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.” The movie — see my review Friday — is a LOT like the first one, with a new location and the welcome addition of Amy Adams as a very pert Amelia Earhart. There’s a recurring gag that had me a little puzzled: In the museum (I forget which one; there are several) there’s a trio of Cupid sculptures that fly around and serenade the Ben Stiller character as he cozies up (in a very PG way) to Adams. They looked a little odd — surely no centuries-ago artist would have sculpted these faces — but meant nothing to me. Next to me, Ellie was giggling knowingly. “Aunt Moira,” she whispered, “those are the Jonas Brothers.”
Oh.

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