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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Eddie Murphy
Bobb'e J Thompson
Thomas Haden Church
Nicole Ari Parker
James Patrick Stuart
Ronny Cox
Vanessa Williams.
Directors
Karey Kirkpatrick.
Screenwriters
Running Time
107 minutes

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Imagine That
Eddie Murphy as stockbroker taking tips from his daughter's imaginary friend.


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Plot
A financial executive suffers at the hands of a nasty bout of "money-maker's block", and finds that the only way to lift himself out of it is to enter into the imaginary world of his daughter.


Review
Imagine That
Imagine this... an Eddie Murphy comedy that is neither offensive nor offensively bad. Well, after the horrendous misfire of Meet Dave, Imagine That is a sweet surprise of a film that goes some way to restoring Murphy’s reputation. Refreshingly, this tale of a divorced stockbroker who finds himself receiving killer tips from what appear to be his daughter’s imaginary friends doesn’t feature a single obvious special effect, which allows director Karey Kirkpatrick to focus on some decent comic interplay between Murphy and rival Thomas Haden Church. But the real draw here is the genuinely affecting relationship between Murphy and newcomer Yara Shahidi as his daughter, giving an Eddie Murphy movie real warmth. Imagine that, indeed.


Verdict
Genuinely sweet and endearing Murphy film, at last.


Reviewed by Chris Hewitt

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You have to be Joking!!

My girlfriend and I watched this a few weeks ago, now, she normally likes these crappy kids films that star Eddie Murphy, so I thought, what the hell, at least she'll enjoy it. How wrong was I, this was the most godawful crap that Murphy has produced (and I inlcude Pluto Nash and Meet Dave), and for my girlfriend to want to turn it off says everything! ... More

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Posted by Sharpie69 at 13:30, 15 April 2010 | Report This Post


silly, but nice

Saw a free preview screening of this. Gotta be the first Eddie Murphy film I've seen at the cinemas for at least a decade! It was surprising, not that bad. A bit weird, doesn't make much/any sense. But, it does have cameo roles from Martin Sheen and Richard Schiff, and so for a West Wing nut, that was cool! ... More

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