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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
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Directed By
Zach Helm

Written By:
Zach Helm

Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman, Dustin Hoffman, Marcia Bennett, Philippe Bergeron, Jonathan Potts, Ted Ludzik, Erica Jones, Zach Mills, Beatriz Yuste, Jennessa Rose, Paula Boudreau, David Rendall, Rebecca Northan, Jade Cohen, Matt Baram, Dash Grundy, Oliver Masuda, Jesse Bostick, Samantha Harvey, Brea Maloney, Daniella Tokic

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)
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Movie Review by Zara
November 17th, 2007

Mainly, I was forced to watch this because my 7 year old daughter wanted to see it. I decided that I would make that accommodation because Jason Bateman is in the movie and I have yet to see a film that he's been in recently that didn't improve with his appearance.

And he's good here. The kid playing Eric in the movie is interesting as well (Zach Mills) and watching the two of them react to one another through the glass with written messages was my favorite part of the film. (Although it's creepy when they're playing in the kid's bedroom later and his mom comes home and doesn't blow her top about a strange adult male playing with her young son in his bedroom with the door closed.)

The main problem with the movie is that it's incredibly tame. It's evidenced in the G rating, which doesn't always automatically equal crap but in today's market does. (Older G movies had a non-forced sweetness to them that came off more naturally.) It's a bright and colorful movie that is sure to have small children in stitches, but there isn't much that goes on and it moves around so quickly that you lose track of certain characters and feel a little cheated by it.

I'll give the movie more stars for children than for adults, but I will also admit that I was one of the light hearted women who cooed over Sock Monkey trying to give Bateman a hug. Which is even more hysterical when you factor in his role in SMOKIN' ACES. Heh...

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