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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman, Zach Mills

Director(s): Zach Helm

Language: English

Genre: Fantasy / Animated

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Synopsis

In writer-director Zach Helm's whimsical 2007 film, MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM, veteran actor Dustin Hoffman plays the title character, a 243-year-old toy-store owner who is ready to pass his enchanted business on to his beloved assistant, Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman). However, when Molly, a former composer and pianist, has doubts about taking over the (literally) magical store, and an uptight accountant (Jason Bateman) appears to assess the establishment, the many inhabitants of the Wond... [Get complete synopsis]

 

Papamikey wrote on July 3, 2008, 2:15 pm
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One word for this one, folks: DUMB.

Dumb dumb dumb DUMB!

Ever notice when you say/write a word enough times, it begins to sound/look bizarre? DUM-B

Ironic that the movie was about suspending your disbelief in the "magic of life" yet I couldn't see past how dippy Dustin Hoffman was acting. Not that Natalie Portman was so UTTERLY mis-cast in the role.

It was all too "cutesy-poo" and if I want a better treatment on the purity of spirit and the wholesomeness of life, I'll re-watch Babe or Elf.

To borrow from a Rotten Tomato reviewer:

"Hoffman is unbelievably annoying as the lisping Willy Wonka wannabe, while Portman looks uninterested. "

Precisely.

But, interestingly enough...NOT ETB! I give it 1 star for TRYING. It did have some production value and was TRYING to be a one-up children's movie from trash like Underdog and the MVP series...so it shouldn't share their fate.

Who says I don't have a heart??!

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