Imagine That (2009)



Critic Consensus: Despite a promising turn by newcomer Yara Shahidi, Imagine That is another pedestrian family comedy that squanders Eddie Murphy's comedic talents.

Movie Info

A powerful financial executive whose career was sent spiraling down the drain due to sudden lack of confidence finds the answers to his inexplicable setback in an imaginary world dreamt up by his young daughter in a fantasy comedy starring Eddie Murphy and co-scripted by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson (the writing duo behind Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey).

Rating: PG (for some mild language and brief questionable behavior)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 6, 2009
Box Office: $16.1M
Paramount Studios - Official Site


as Evan Danielson

as Olivia Danielson

as Dante D'Enzo

as Johnny Whitefeather

as Tom Stevens

as John Strother

as Lori Struthers

as Noah Kulick
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Critic Reviews for Imagine That

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (29)

Murphy at least tries to stay in character rather than overdoing the silly voices and physical knockabout, but maybe the material was so blah that he felt it wasn't worth the effort.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

It's silly enough that its target audience should get a kick out of it and its bearable for adults, and as far as family films go that's a lot better than you can usually expect.

Full Review… | March 27, 2011

You might chuckle a couple of times, but it is literally a couple, and that's nowhere near enough humour, especially for kids.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

[Murphy] continues to treat his career like it were a game of limbo, as Imagine That sees the once gifted comedian stoop to a horrendous new low.

Full Review… | October 5, 2009

Imagine That is an embarrassment from which only Thomas Haden Church emerges unscathed, because he is the only one to commit fully to his eccentric character.

Full Review… | October 1, 2009

Murphy struggles to find work in other genres, but given the way he indulges himself with funny faces and voices, it's equally possible that he genuinely likes acting alongside children.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009
The Age (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Imagine That


Shahidi is an extremely promising young actress who i'm sure will blossom her career with great success however it seems to be going in the opposite direction for Murphy at the moment with the exception of returning to his roots in Tower Heist. On the other hand, from what i've seen this is Eddie Murphy's best family film. It's very formulaic and forgettable but the direction is good and the film like Murphy for once, has it's heart in the right place. It's not another Norbit or Daddy Day Care. It's better than that but it's not great either.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


it couldve been funnier, but its a safe family friendly comedy film that is entertaining for the whole family

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


A horrid family film. While the child star is convincing, Eddie Murphy was so bad in this film. He was both a terrible father and buisnessman! A film so bad, it makes "The Game Plan" look like "Raiders of the Lost Ark"!

When your career is down the drain, make kids movies!

Movie Monster
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

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