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L'apprendista mago (Het geheim)

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Magicians learn importance of family in kid-friendly comedy.

Movie NR 2010 90 minutes
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There are enough tricks and laughs in this family-friendly movie to deserve your time. Younger viewers will enjoy rabbits being pulled out of hats, disappearing assistants (all the tricks were overseen by a real-life magician), and the odd bit of slapstick. L'apprendista mago never takes itself too seriously -- even when touching on issues such as divorce and abandonment -- but audiences will need to ignore some glaring plot holes. For example, how are Ben and Koos allowed to continue performing after Sylvie's disappearance? But if you can overcome these, you'll be swept along.

Braun's performance as Ben is noteworthy, and Maassen's Koos provides enough laughs. Their characters' father-son relationship is at the heart of the movie, so it's a relief that the onscreen chemistry between them works. L'apprendista mago is a fun, if not magical, ride.

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