Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium (U)

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Dustin Hoffman puts on silly eyebrows and a sillier voice to play the 243-year-old, and frankly rather creepy, owner of a magical toy shop.

Natalie Portman plays the frustrated manager who has to learn to have faith in herself, while Jason Bateman, from TV's Arrested Development, is a drab accountant who must learn to release the child within.

This is an adult's idea of what childhood is about whimsical, prettified, and self-consciously whacky. Better to prepare your children for the world with a DVD of Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy.

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