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Still shot from the movie: National Treasure 2 Book of Secrets.

National Treasure 2 Book of Secrets

The cast from the first National Treasure movie reunites in this second adventure. This time Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage), treasure hunter extraordinaire, discovers some missing pages from John Wilkes Booth's diary that point to a conspiracy over Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Theater Release: 20 Dec 2007
Video Release: 19 May 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why is it so important to Ben to clear his grandfather’s name? What other characters are motivated to establish their family’s place in history? What honorable sacrifices do they eventually make?

How does this film portray the value of animal life verses human life?

A secret organization known as the Masons is portrayed in the first National Treasure. This film depicts the Knights of the Golden Circle also known as Copperheads. You can find more information on this covert group who fought for Southern interests at http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0827934.html.

Ben’s ability to decipher codes helps him unlock hidden mysteries. One clue he cracks is the Playfair Cipher. To learn how to use this cryptic message system for your own communications visit http://www.braingle.com/brainteasers/codes/playfair.php.

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