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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

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Molly Mahoney is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium, the 243-year-old eccentric who owns the store, bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once-remarkable Emporium.

Director:

Zach Helm

Writer:

Zach Helm
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Ludzik ... Bellini, the Bookbuilder
Natalie Portman ... Molly Mahoney, The Composer
Zach Mills ... Eric Applebaum, the Hat Collector
Dustin Hoffman ... Mr. Edward Magorium, Avid Shoe-Wearer
Madalena Brancatella Madalena Brancatella ... Jessica, Who Got a Cowboy Hat
Paula Boudreau Paula Boudreau ... Brenda, Who Wants a Mobile
Mike Realba ... Dave Wolf, Who's an Engineer
Steve Whitmire ... Kermit the Frog (voice)
Liam Powley-Webster Liam Powley-Webster ... Andy, the Boy Who Likes to Color
Marcia Bennett ... Lora, Who Wants a Fire Engine
Jason Bateman ... Henry Weston, the Mutant
Oliver Masuda Oliver Masuda ... Jordan, Who Said Hi
Samantha Harvey Samantha Harvey ... Cassie, the Girl Chased by a Goose
Jesse Bostick ... Derek, Who Opened the Door
Isaac Durnford Isaac Durnford ... Jason, Who's a Little Too Curious
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Storyline

Molly Mahoney is the manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the awesome toy store owned by Mr. Edward Magorium. Molly was a promising composer and piano player when she was a girl, and now she is a twenty-three year-old insecure woman who feels stuck in her job. Among the costumers of the Emporium is the lonely hat collector, Eric Applebaum, who has only Molly and Mr. Magorium for friends. When the last pair of shoes that Mr. Magorium bought in Toscana is worn, he hires the accountant, Henry Weston to adjust the accounts of the Emporium. Furthermore, he claims that he is two hundred and forty-three years old and his time to go has come; he gives a block of wood called Congreve cube to Molly and asks Henry to transfer the Emporium to her name. Molly tries to convince Mr. Magorium to stay in his magical toy store instead of "going". Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

If you don't believe . . . You will. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2007 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

De wonderwinkel van Mr. Magorium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,630,085, 18 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,061,555, 13 March 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,474,661
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A pay-per-view version of this movie appeared in Brüno (2009). Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen) was telling the hotel management that he refused to pay for "Mr. Magorium's Wonderba Emporium", which was the result of an errant fart onto the hotel remote. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Magorium asks Henry to name the Fibonacci series from its 11th to 16th integer at 17:15, Henry should name 6 integers, but only names 5. The 5 he names are the 12th to 16th integers of the Fibonacci series. He leaves out the 11th integer - 55. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Edward Magorium: Hey, pants!
Molly Mahoney: What about them?
Mr. Edward Magorium: Nothing, just
[dances]
Mr. Edward Magorium: pants!
Molly Mahoney: [dances] Me too!
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, Mr. Magorium appears painting a picture with a little boy watching him. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Breaking Bad: Granite State (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Be Shy
Written by Cat Stevens (as Yusuf Islam)
Performed by Cat Stevens
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
NOT just for kids! I was uplifted, and found my own SPARKLE!
20 November 2007 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

I expected a "kid" movie. And an insipid one at that. Treacly and dumb. So why did I go? Well, I'd seen everything else, and I really like Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. I like Jason Bateman, too. So I took a chance. And it was really GOOD! True, kids will like this movie. But the theme of belief in one's self, and "possibilities," and all that metaphysical stuff appeals to me. Granted, the story line was about a toy store, but the real story underneath that, and which came shining through the juvenile aspects, was one of TRUE magic and possibility for all of us. The cast played their parts well, and the mechanics of the movie were good--- nice colours, nice sets. The animation, or puppets, or whatever the moving toys were, was believable.

At one point, Natalie Portman asks Jason Bateman if he sees "sparkle" in her. He has to say "no." But later, after the plot unfolds, admittedly predictably, the sparkle finally shows up. It showed up in me, too! The SPARKLE was there throughout the movie.

Whether you have kids or not, if you are in the mood for something light yet meaningful, check this out. It has the wonder of a Harry Potter movie, without the vapid and stupid plot of those films. This movie is brave enough to be simple, and true enough to be.... well, true. I feel better having sen it. And that's a worthy accomplishment for ANY movie!


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