Imagine That

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

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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).

Cast

Eddie Murphy
as Evan Danielson
Yara Shahidi
as Olivia Danielson
Martin Sheen
as Dante D'Enzo
Thomas Haden Church
as Johnny Whitefeather
Ronny Cox
as Tom Stevens
DeRay Davis
as John Strother
Vanessa L. Williams
as Lori Struthers
Stephen Rannazzisi
as Noah Kulick
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Critic Reviews for Imagine That

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (70)

  • 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.

    Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's anodyne stuff and not funny enough.

    Aug 17, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 14, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • You're left with the feeling that the film-makers don't see a conflict between the profit motive and paternal love.

    Aug 14, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Toby Young

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • There really isn't a spark of genuine humour or life in the entire thing, and the movie grinds its way to a syrupy finale.

    Aug 14, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • How would it be if Eddie Murphy quit making trashy, ingratiating comedies and grew up? Imagine that.

    Aug 14, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Imagine That

  • Feb 09, 2013
    Cute film, but it was so so. Of Murphy's family comedies, I liked Daddy Day Care and Dr. Doolittle much better than this one. In a weird way the film reminded me of movies like Liar Liar and Jersey Girl. The film is very predictable. I did like seeing the Beverly Hills Cop reunion here of Murphy and Ronny Cox. Thomas Haden Church was too over the top here.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] 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 C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2011
    a delightfully funny family comedy that has a lot of spunk and eddie murphy in one of his funniest roles. B+
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2011
    it couldve been funnier, but its a safe family friendly comedy film that is entertaining for the whole family
    Michael E Super Reviewer

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