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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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Dan Harris

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Dan Harris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Sandy Travis
Emile Hirsch ... Tim Travis
Jeff Daniels ... Ben Travis
Michelle Williams ... Penny Travis
Kip Pardue ... Matt Travis
Deirdre O'Connell ... Marge Dwyer
Ryan Donowho ... Kyle Dwyer
Suzanne Santo ... Steph Connors
Jay Paulson ... Vern
Luke Robertson ... Jack Johnson
Lee Wilkof ... Mitchell Goldstein
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Dr. Montey
Sara Tanaka Sara Tanaka ... Shelly Chan
Ned Benson ... Undercover Hippie
Larry Fessenden ... Store Clerk
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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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Taglines:

People are never who they seem to be

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for substance abuse, sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Germany | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Heróis Imaginários See more »

Filming Locations:

Chatham, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,696, 19 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$228,524, 15 May 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The song playing in the smoke shop is "Drug Day Afternoon", written and performed by Emile Hirsch and Ryan Donowho. Hirsch also sings the song when he is going up his stairs on crutches. See more »

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When Tim is asleep on the kitchen table, the contents of the pickle jar he was eating from jumps from empty to half full between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Tainted Love
Written by Ed Cobb
Performed by Imogen Bailey
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Sometimes impressive, but a film not without its faults
28 May 2009 | by maxpower03See all my reviews

Another slice of darkness and denial hiding beneath the surface of American suburbia, Imaginary Heroes chronicles the lives of the Travis family, all recovering following the suicide of their eldest son.

The pair at the center of the film is mother and son Sandy (Sigourney Weaver) and Tim (Emile Hirsch), both acting out in different ways as a result of the death. While Tim experiments with prescription medication and his own sexuality, Sandy regresses to her former self, smoking marijuana and coming to terms with an old act of infidelity.

The relationship between Sandy and Tim is explored well, especially when references are made to both of them being outcast from their own family: Sandy due to her affair and Tim, initially, due to always being in the shadow of his more successful older brother. Considerably less time is allowed for Sandy's husband Ben (Jeff Daniels) who, in a devastating depiction of denial, orders Sandy to make an additional plate of food for his dead son and place it in his old spot at the dinner table. Michelle Williams' older sister Penny is underwritten and could easily be taken out of the film.

Despite its long runtime, Imaginary Heroes doesn't explore its many subplots as much as the individual stories deserve, while some of the movie's black comedy doesn't translate as well as writer/director Dan Harris may have liked. And the depiction of a disturbed family dynamic isn't depicted as strongly as the many other films out there with similar ideas. But despite some issues, the central performances from Weaver and Hirsch are stunning, and easily carry the film to its successfully subdued conclusion.

Rating: B-


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