Imaginary Playmate is a 2006 Lifetime movie starring Dina Meyer as Suzanne, an illustrator of children's books. She moves into a beautiful new home with her husband Michael (Rick Ravanello) and her young step-daughter Molly (Cassandra Sawtell). Suzanne loves her family, yet finds herself feeling slightly resentful of the close bond between Michael and his daughter. Michael is overly protective of Molly since losing her mother to cancer two years earlier. Suzanne desires a child of her own, but Michael is not receptive to the idea, fearing its detrimental impact on Molly's fragile emotions.
Suzanne gradually senses something is not right in their new home - Molly begins talking about an imaginary friend Candace who seems to have an uncanny knowledge about what is going on in their lives. Then, Suzanne meets a resident at an old folks' home where she volunteers. The old lady appears to be able to see Candace, and warns Suzanne to be careful. As time passes, Suzanne discovers that her home harbors a tragic secret, and the spirit of a restless and unhappy child bent on creating a family that she was deprived of decades earlier.
The story is promising, and is generally well-filmed. Dina Meyer is credible as the distraught Suzanne, who tries in vain to warn her cynical husband of the strange happenings. However, for a haunted house story featuring a malevolent spirit, this movie lacks thrills and scares. There is a little bit of suspense, but not much, and ultimately, it was just an average watch.