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Imaginary Heroes (2004)

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The Travis family façade is destroyed by an event incomprehensible to them -- an event which will open locked doors and finally reveal the secrets that have haunted them for decades.

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The Travis family façade is destroyed by an event incomprehensible to them -- an event which will open locked doors and finally reveal the secrets that have haunted them for decades. Written by Anonymous

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People are never who they seem to be

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Rated R for substance abuse, sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »
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10 November 2005 (Germany)  »

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Heróis Imaginários  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,696 (USA) (17 December 2004)

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$228,524 (USA) (13 May 2005)
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At an assembly, a student reads "original poetry" by another who had recently killed herself. The poetry is actual an excerpt from the lyrics to "Alive" by Pearl Jam. See more »

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Matt's swimming time at the start of the movie is 44.3 for a 100 meter long course swim. This time would better the world record of 47.84. If he had been swimming in a short course yard (instead of long course meters) pool this time would have been a great time, but not a world record. See more »

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Tim Travis: Matt Travis was a great swimmer. But it wasn't just that he was a great swimmer, it was simply that he was greater at swimming than anyone I ever knew was good at whatever they were good at.
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Spoofs Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

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Drug Day Afternoon
Written by Ryan Donowho and Emile Hirsch
Performed by Ryan Donowho and Emile Hirsch
Courtesy of Flip with Paranoia Productions
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Sigourney Weaver triumphs in a deficient vehicle

"Imaginary Heroes" takes us through that often treaded path of a suicide in the family and its aftermath. Dan Harris directs a strong cast which manages to redeem his extremely lacking screenplay. It's a screenplay littered with holes and devoid of any real emotional logic. But still I found myself watching till the end, largely thanks to the performances.

Jeff Daniels is in unshaven, hangdog mode. We've seen in all before, but it is effective. Emil Hirsh basically reprises his role of both "Wild Iris" and "The Mudge Boy". Yet another teenage boy detached and lost following a death in the family, with the added twist of an uncertain sexuality. He's an appealing young performer and does well in the role, but it is definitely time to let go and try something else.

And then there's Sigourney Weaver. After too many forgettable roles in equally forgettable movies, one could be forgiven for forgetting just how good she can be. Somehow in this deficient vehicle, Weaver manages to create a wonderfully accurate characterization. It's a subtle, often humorous and always convincing performance and the only real that I stuck with "Imaginary Heroes" to the end.


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