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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

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.

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Madalena Brancatella ...
Jessica, Who Got a Cowboy Hat
Paula Boudreau ...
Brenda, Who Wants a Mobile
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Dave Wolf, Who's an Engineer
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Kermit the Frog (voice)
Liam Powley-Webster ...
Andy, the Boy Who Likes to Color
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Lora, Who Wants a Fire Engine
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Oliver Masuda ...
Jordan, Who Said Hi
Samantha Harvey ...
Cassie, the Girl Chased by a Goose
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Derek, Who Opened the Door
Isaac Durnford ...
Jason, Who's a Little Too Curious
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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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If you don't believe . . . You will. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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G | See all certifications »

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16 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Loja Mágica de Brinquedos  »

Box Office

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,630,085 (USA) (16 November 2007)

Gross:

$32,059,442 (USA) (7 March 2008)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A pay per view version of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium appeared in the film Bruno. Sasha Baron Cohen's character, Bruno, 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 and Mahoney are dancing in the park and Mahoney rolls out a sheet of bubble wrap we clearly see there is nothing on it. In the next shot of the sheet we can see rocks holding down the corners, which then disappear again. See more »

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Mr. Edward Magorium: 37 seconds.
Molly Mahoney: Great. Well done. Now we wait.
Mr. Edward Magorium: No. We breathe. We pulse. We regenerate. Our hearts beat. Our minds create. Our souls ingest. 37 seconds, well used, is a lifetime.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, unusual titles describe the various groups that worked on the film: "People In The Movie" (cast), "People Who Helped Make The Movie" (producers, post-production), "People Who Followed People With The Camera" (cinematographer, camera operators), "People Who Created Things That Were There" (art/props department), "People Who Put Clothes On People" (costume department), "People Who Recorded People Talking" (sound department), "People Who Made People Look Good" (make-up), "People Who Made Sure We Paid People" (accountants), "People Who Put Stuff In The Right Order" (editors), "People Who Created Things That Weren't There" (visual effects), "More Crew". People Who Made The Tunes Very Special Thanks And More Thanks See more »

Connections

Referenced in Frank TV: Money in the Frank (2007) 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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NOT just for kids! I was uplifted, and found my own SPARKLE!
20 November 2007 | by (Great Pacific Northwest) – See 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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