Once again, a great premise and a funny star are rendered flaccid by poor execution. Too bad Ben Stiller didn’t use some of his star power to get Shawn Levy (who also directed the first film) removed from this project. Stiller returns as Larry, now a successful inventor who has moved on from his museum job. When he hears that the exhibit from his old gig is being shipped off to storage at the Smithsonian, he flies into action to save his friends. Amy Adams appears as a super-hot Amelia Earhart, and Owen Wilson, Robin Williams and Steve Coogan return to their poorly written roles. Many of the jokes fall flat, and Stiller looks like he’s having a terrible time. Kudos to the wardrobe department regarding Adams’ tight pants, but that’s as far as I’m taking the flattery.
Director: Shawn Levy
Producer: Shawn Levy, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Thomas M. Hammel, Josh McLaglen and Mark Radcliffe
Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest, Alain Chabat, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Bill Hader, Mizuo Peck, Jon Bernthal, Patrick Gallagher, Jake Cherry, Rami Malek and Craig Robinson