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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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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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... Sandy Travis
... Tim Travis
... Ben Travis
... Penny Travis
... Matt Travis
... Marge Dwyer
... Kyle Dwyer
... Steph Connors
... Vern
... Jack Johnson
... Mitchell Goldstein
Terry Beaver ... Dr. Montey
Sara Tanaka ... Shelly Chan
... Undercover Hippie
... 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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People are never who they seem to be

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Comedy | Drama

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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,696, 19 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$228,524, 15 May 2005
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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 Sandy hands the $50 bill to the undercover cop, we see its back from her point of view. When the view shifts to the other direction, we still see the back, but we should see the face. 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 The NeverEnding Story (1984) See more »

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Two Tickets to Paradise
Written by Eddie Money
Performed by Tripping Jar
Courtesy of Music Sales Corporation and Taro Entertainment
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"Ordinary People" Meets "American Beauty" by way of "The Ice Storm"
20 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

IMAGINARY HEROES (2004) **1/2 Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams, Kip Pardue, Deirdre O'Connell, Ryan Donowho, Suzanne Santo, Jay Paulson, Luke Robertson. (Dir : Dan Harris)

"Ordinary People" Meets "American Beauty" by way of "The Ice Storm"

Just what is it about the suburbs that have been portrayed as an American cousin to Norway's fjords in which nothing but despair, suicidal tendencies and infidelities run rampant at the corner of Angst and Anomie?

In the latest endeavor by Harris, a screenwriter who shared credit for the first "X-Men" film and several other comic book hero adaptations down the pike, makes his directorial debut questioning just that: Why does a family fall completely apart when a serious crisis occurs?

Well in the case of the Travis family it is the shocking, out-of-nowhere sudden horrific suicide by their eldest son Matt (Pardue), a star athlete with nothing but a bright, shiny future ahead who inexplicably offs himself sending his relatives into a whirlwind of emotions (and lack of to boot). Sharp tongued yet surprisingly loving mother Sandy (Weaver, the best thing about the film) resorts to smoking marijuana when she's not dodging the next door neighbor (O'Connell) ; ineffectual father Ben (Daniels in the trickiest performance – making an asshole likable) whose undying love for his dead son sends him into the deepest depths of depression and lashes out at his remaining brood; college age sister Penny (Williams) who attempts to anchor her grief in brief return visits only to party with blinders on and namely middle son Tim (Hirsch) who just is trying to move on with the whole affair and not dwelling on it as best he can yet still getting himself into a series of situations leading to a fall he may not be able to recover from.

The black comic pitch Harris attempts to filter into the various stages of grief are a mixed bag but often leave their marks of ridiculous moments of suburban oddness with a few brief elements of genuine loss and heartbreak. Leavened with a good dose of humor the film none-the-less is a listless addition to the quasi -genre of suburban angst films.


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