Imagine That

  • PG
  • Karey Kirkpatrick (2009)
  • US / Ger
  • 102 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Barely rising above the mediocre, Over the Hedge director Karey Kirkpatrick's minimalist fantasy finds Eddie Murphy in embarrassing touchy-feely mode. He's a divorced workaholic businessman who only stops neglecting daughter Yara Shahidi when her imaginary playmates start offering canny investment advice. No special effects are used in this muddled fable about finding one's inner child through make-believe. Instead, Murphy and Shahidi merely run around pretending to be in a fairy-tale world, populated by three invisible princesses with the power to predict gold futures. It's a conceit that refuses to work and comes across as annoyingly lame in a movie context. The Beatles cover-versions don't help, either. The fact that it manages to pull off a tearful resolution is nothing short of a minor miracle. Best performance comes from Thomas Haden Church as Murphy's native American rival with a neat line in phoney reservation spiritualism.

Plot Summary

Comedy fantasy starring Eddie Murphy. Divorced Evan Danielson is a workaholic stockbroker who's under pressure to keep his job at a company that's about to be taken over. Complicating matters is Evan's daughter Olivia who is staying with him for a week, but when she introduces him to her make-believe world, Evan discovers that her imaginary friends can offer some helpful financial advice.

Cast and crew

Cast

Evan Danielson
Eddie Murphy
Johnny Whitefeather
Thomas Haden Church
Olivia
Yara Shahidi
Trish
Nicole Ari Parker
Tom Stevens
Ronny Cox
Dante D'Enzo
Martin Sheen
John Strother
DeRay Davis
Lori Strother
Vanessa Williams
Noah Kulick
Stephen Rannazzisi
Fred
Stephen Root
Tod
Timm Sharp
Rose
Lauren Weedman
Mr Pratt
James Patrick Stuart
The Kid
Bobb'e J Thompson

Crew

Director
Karey Kirkpatrick

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
Guidance: 
Edited for language.
Available on DVD
Released 14 Aug 2009
Certificate PG
Categories
Comedy
Childrens
Drama

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