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Imaginary Friend (2012)

A talented artist is haunted by the presence of a childhood imaginary friend, and her psychiatrist husband wants to have her committed to a mental institution.

Director:

Richard Gabai

Writers:

Christine Dixon (story) (as Christine Gauthier), Brian D. Young (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lacey Chabert ... Emma
Ethan Embry ... Brad
Amanda Schull ... Brittany
Paul Sorvino ... Jonathan
Jacob Young ... Dr. Kent
Marc McClure ... Dr. McQueen
Angeline-Rose Troy ... Molly
Ted McGinley ... Officer Cameron
Kayla Madison ... Young Emma
Mila Brener ... Young Brittany
Heather Tom ... Grace
Sam Page ... Robert
Larry Poindexter ... Duane
Matt Knudsen ... Karl
Deena Dill ... Veronica
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Storyline

Emma (Lacey Chabert) is a beautiful and a talented artist. Her husband, Brad (Ethan Embry), is a renowned psychiatrist. They have the perfect loving marriage. But Emma is having a few psychological issues. She has turned to Lily ('Amanda Schull'), her childhood imaginary friend who helped her overcome an abusive father. Brad, the doting husband, helps and consoles her. When Emma's visions get more intense, Brad persuades her that the only way to keep them under control is to take medication but Lily has become an emotional support for Emma. Written by anonymous

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Certificate:

PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amiga imaginaria See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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In the opening scene in the pool, Emma rises up out of the pool to talk to her husband. She is suddenly no longer dripping with water & her skin looks dry. See more »

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Imaginary Friend
24 December 2016 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

This had the makings of a great film, but the people behind it took far too many liberties with the hauntings. Brad is a doctor, so even without a wealthy wife he would almost certainly have been a member of the 1%. They live in a palatial home, and she isn't exactly unattractive, to put it mildly, so what can go wrong? Lots of things, from when she was a girl. Her father murdered her mother then killed himself, leaving his substantial estate in trust for his daughter with a plethora of strings attached.

When she was young, Emma had an imaginary friend, as kids sometimes do, especially those without siblings. The problem is her imaginary friend is back, all grown up and stunningly attractive. While she is clearly suffering from hallucinations, her husband is covertly doing his best to encourage them hoping to get her committed so he can get his hands on her trust. As so often happens, people who are too greedy end up with nothing, wifey has Brad sussed, and soon he is the one popping pills hoping to exorcise the ghost Emma claims she has killed. And this is where it gets silly, how does one account for blood appearing and then drying up? How does a real live woman behave like a phantom, appearing and disappearing at will? Only by invoking the supernatural, which apparently we are not meant to do. At one point Brad's desperation is quite funny, but one suspects any humour the viewer derives from his plight was unintended.


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