Imagine That

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Imagine That

Karey Kirkpatrick (2009)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A financial executive finds his once successful career beginning to fall apart. He finds solutions to his problems when he enters the imaginary world created by his daughter - but the experience also makes him rethink whether the benefits of his job outweigh the drawbacks. Fantasy comedy, with Eddie Murphy, Yara Shahidi, Thomas Haden Church and Martin Sheen.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Karey Kirkpatrick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 14 Aug 2009
Comedy Drama Children's