What If Your Daughter's Imagination... Was The Secret To Your Success?
"Eddie Murphy strikes the right balance between silliness and pathos in this screwball family comedy. Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
|Evan Danielson is a successful financial executive who has more time for his blackberry than his seven-year-old daughter. When he has a crisis of confidence and his career starts going down the drain, however, he finds the solution to all his problems in his daughter's imaginary world.|
"Superior family fare. Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
A formerly successful businessman (Eddie Murphy) watches as his own stock plummets, but his salvation may be found in his daughter's imagination in this fantasy-fueled comedy.
Cast & Crew
"What quickly yanks the story into a fresh realm in this screenplay by Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson are a daughter's imaginary friends."
"[It's] likely that parents and their young offspring will be enchanted by those scenes in which the only special effect is the warm chemistry generated between sly pro Murphy and charming newcomer Shahidi."
"Murphy stays interestingly in character....The film is really about the father-daughter relationship, and Murphy comes through as sincere, confused, lonely and with a good heart."
Los Angeles Times
"Murphy's his usual creative, quicksilver self....When he's on top of his game, particularly during several virtuoso comic sequences, you remember why Murphy ears the big bucks."
Wall Street Journal
"[The] child -- she's played by Yara Shahidi -- leads Mr. Murphy back to his own gifts, and she complements him in one delicate comic sequence after another."
"[A] redemptive act for Murphy....[He's] believable, sympathetic and often very funny..."
Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
Eddie Murphy's new family comedy "Imagine That" is a pleasant, unassuming fantasy in which a high-powered investment adviser gets advice from his daughter's imaginary friends. We never see the friends, but we see a great deal of the daughter, in a charming performance from newcomer Yara Shahidi...She plays Olivia, 7 years old, who doesn't see nearly enough of her daddy. He is Evan Danielson (Murphy), who is competing for a big promotion at his Denver firm. Olivia is being raised by his former wife (Nicole Ari Parker), who insists it is time for the child to spend some quality time with her father...The third major role, by Thomas Haden Church, is an interesting invention: an Indian con man, trading on his background to score points in the boardroom, steamrolling clients with his people's lore. This is funny. Is it offensive? Not when we find out more about Johnny Whitefeather...So all of these elements are present and supply nice moments, but director Karey Kirkpatrick, the writer of animated films like "Chicken Run" and "Over the Hedge," never brings them to takeoff velocity. They rest on the screen, pleasant, amusing, but too predictable for grown-ups and not broad enough for children. I couldn't believe it counts on one of the most exhausted cliches in the movies, the parent making a dramatic late entrance to a child's big concert...Still, think about this: If the investment gurus of Wall Street had turned to their kids for advice, we might not be in such a mess.
- Roger Ebert