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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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Karey Kirkpatrick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Evan Danielson
Thomas Haden Church ... Johnny Whitefeather
Yara Shahidi ... Olivia Danielson
Ronny Cox ... Tom Stevens
Stephen Rannazzisi ... Noah Kulick
Nicole Ari Parker ... Trish
DeRay Davis ... John Strother
Vanessa Williams ... Lori Strother
Martin Sheen ... Dante D'Enzo
Lauren Weedman ... Rose
Timm Sharp ... Tod
Daniel Polo ... Indigo
Stephen Root ... Fred Franklin
Richard Schiff ... Carl Simons
Marin Hinkle ... Ms. Davis
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me & Olivia See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,503,519, 12 June 2009

Gross USA:

$16,088,610
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of three family-friendly films released by Paramount Pictures that star Thomas Haden Church, after Over the Hedge (2006) and Charlotte's Web (2006). Incidentally, Church became famous playing Lowell Mather on the Paramount-produced TV series Wings (1990). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Here Comes the Sun (End Title Version)
Written by George Harrison
Performed by Mikal Blue & Colbie Caillat
Produced by Karey Kirkpatrick & Mikal Blue
Colbie Caillat performs courtesy of Universal Republic Records
Mikal Blue performs courtesy of Immergent Records
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What audience is this supposed to be aimed at?
23 September 2009 | by dockbennettSee all my reviews

I just saw this film with a group of children, whom we took as part of our Holiday Care programme here in Brisbane, Australia. As there were no toilet trips, I actually managed to see it all!

Overall, I thought it was a pretty good and entertaining film, but it was hard to know to whom it was aimed at. The business meetings Murphy went to and various discussions about same were certainly not down to children's levels, and a lot of kids in the cinema clearly got quite restless, including some of ours, at least one of whom complained about the movie being "boring". But when Murphy went on his comedy antics, it was a bit too juvenile for adults.

I thought Eddie was great, as was Yara Shahidi as the young girl, in an absolutely lovely, natural performance, while Thomas Haden Church was amusing as the fake Indian. But what was with the imaginary friends?? Were they real? If not, how did the girl get all the right information about the businesses? If they were... well... the film didn't seem to relay that. Wasn't it all generally another morality tale about parent/child bonding?

And what was with all the Beatles songs?

Certainly a pretty entertaining picture, but who is it for?


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