The young apprentice of a magical, eccentric toy store owner learns to believe in herself, and in her friends, upon learning some grave news about the future.


Zach Helm


Zach Helm
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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 ... 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


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 »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Did You Know?


Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Magic Shop". See more »


The length of Natalie Portman's hair changes inconsistently throughout the movie. Dramatic differences can be noted during the hospital scene where in various shots it appears at both it's shortest and longest. See more »


Mr. Edward Magorium: [a rocketship toy counts itself down for launching, but then tips over, turning gray] ... Aw, crap.
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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 »


Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #40.9 (2008) See more »


Love the World You Find
Written by The Flaming Lips
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Kind of a letdown
8 April 2008 | by moviesleuth2See all my reviews

Seeing the trailer, I imagined a dreamy, whimsical story where I could lose myself in the lost days of my childhood. Director Zach Helm certainly aspires to create something like that, but it doesn't quite work.

This is undoubtedly a kids' movie. Watching this movie with anything else in mind will ruin it for you. It's simple, with a little moral, but it has some great visuals.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a magical toy store, run by an eccentric old man named Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman). Its manager is Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) who was a piano prodigy as a child but is too nervous to take it any further. Eric (Zach Mills) is a lonely kid who has trouble making friends (except for Molly and Mr. Magorium). There's also Henry Weston (aka The Mutant) who is hired to take care of the financial business, but he has no imagination and no sense of fun. These are the central characters in the movie. When Mr. Magorium suddenly says he's leaving and is giving Molly the store, Molly doesn't know what to do.

I think Zach Helm wanted to make a whimsy adventure like "Toys," only better. The effects and visuals a point (the potential for magic in Hot Wheels cars only goes so far). There's a lot of color and feeling, but it all leaves something to be desired.

The acting is not spectacular, but the actors do what is called for. The only actor who really sticks out in my mind is Jason Bateman, who displays a wide range of acting ability.

"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" is a solid effort, but won't go down in history as a classic family movie.

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16 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,630,085, 18 November 2007

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