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Imagine That (2009)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 12 June 2009 (USA)
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A financial executive who can't stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter's imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await.


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A financial executive who can't stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter's imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What if your daughter's imagination... Was the secret to your success?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and brief questionable behavior | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Me & Olivia  »

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Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,503,519 (USA) (12 June 2009)


$16,088,610 (USA) (14 August 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The third time Eddie Murphy and Ronny Cox has worked together following Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987). See more »


When Evan is driving to Olivia's recital, the door lock can be seen moving into the lock position. The auto lock feature engages at 9 mph. Evan had been driving for some time, therefore, the lock should have already been in the down position. See more »


Tod: Mr. E, I talked to the lawyer guy upstairs and he confirmed my hunch, uh, about the whole stabbing of Mr. Whitefeather thing. It's a definite no can do from a legal standpoint.
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User Reviews

A Family Night Winner
2 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes a little film can be a big surprise. Eddie Murphy has been making a lot of little films lately, some with mixed results. His latest small carat movie, Imagine That, twinkles in all the right places.

Eddie Murphy once again plays a workaholic parent, Evan Danielson, who is too busy to notice the world immediately outside of his corporate office. The world, in this instance, is his adorable daughter, Olivia, played by Yara Shahidi. Olivia copes with his absence by enjoying a fantasy world of her own, complete with three wish-granting divas, dragons, and castles.

Evan, a stressed-out stock consultant, is embroiled in a battle for a promotion against the legendary Johnny Whitefeather, played by Thomas Haden Church. Whitefeather is a New Age snake-charmer, complete with half-baked motto's that pass for ancient Native American wisdom. Evan finds it hard to compete with his incense, power chants, and dirty tricks until Yara and her divas lend him a hand.

For those who fondly remember a standard high-amped Eddie Murphy vehicle, this story may seem a bit simple. The script is a bit weak, falling back on the frustrated ex-wife routine, and yes - the ending is tooth-numbing sweet. Yet it's the genuine chemistry between Murphy and Shahidi - and the cutthroat conflict between Evan and Johnny - that is sure to delight the family on movie night.

Maybe the Buddhists do have it right - less is more.

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