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Imagine That [DVD]

Eddie Murphy , Bobb'e J. Thompson , Karey Kirkpatrick    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Nicole Ari Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Yara Shahidi
  • Directors: Karey Kirkpatrick
  • Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ed Solomon
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00280LOZK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,644 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Eddie Murphy stars as a successful finance 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 to go down the drain, he finds the solution to all his problewms in his daughter's imaginary world.


Imaginary friends and security blankets are common childhood fixations that parents spend a lot of time worrying about, but how many parents become more obsessed with those imaginary worlds than their children? Evan Daniels, played by the ever-hysterical Eddie Murphy, is a part-time father, full-time financial executive who has little time for his daughter Olivia (Yara Shahidi) and even less time for her imaginary friends and security blanket. When Evan's absentminded attention to Olivia's far-fetched stories, combined with her ill-timed use of some important meeting notes as arts and crafts materials causes a huge blowup between father and daughter, it also reveals an uncanny window into the financial world. Suddenly, Evan becomes fixated on his daughter's imaginary playmates and will do anything, including singing and dancing in public, in exchange for the financial insight that yields him such great professional results.
While Olivia loves her new relationship with her father, her reliance on her imaginary friends deepens, causing her teachers and mother much concern, and she eventually begins to sense that her father may possibly care more for the information that he's receiving than for her. Meanwhile, Evan pits his unconventional reliance on what he dubs his "inner child" against his co-worker Whitefeather's (Thomas Haden Church) unorthodox reliance on Indian legends and the two men turn their financial firm upside down and end up competing for the coveted position of chairman of the board. In the end, Evan must make some tough choices about whether his job in the financial world is more important than his job as a father and Olivia will be forced to live with the consequences. The parenting dilemmas presented in this film are universal, and kids and parents alike will laugh uproariously at the crazy antics of Eddie Murphy and Yara Shahidi while simultaneously discovering that good parenting doesn't always look like one might expect. (Ages 6 and older with parental guidance due to mild language and brief questionable behaviour) --Tami Horiuchi

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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
I'd call myself an Eddie Murphy fan, I've lost count of the number of times I have had to convince sceptics that he once ruled the cinema world back in the 1980s. There are those who seem to have a poisonous agenda about the man and his work post 1990. Yep, there's a lot of rubbish there on his CV, but quite often it's harmless rubbish with some value to the easy going film fan, in fact the number of outright offencive stinkers are surprisingly low in his 30 year career (Norbit, good grief!).

Which brings us to Imagine That, a genuinely sweet film that is devoid of blunderbuss effects and plays out via good human interactions. True, it's fanciful fluff that ends up as you'd expect, while a splendid cast featuring Thomas Haden Church, Ronny Cox and Martin Sheen are going through the motions and earning an easy dollar. But it never once gets tired and Murphy gets on occasion to show his comedic chops.

Some of the more adult threads involving corporate politics will go over the heads of the kids, and likewise the father/daughter imaginary friends angle only resonates with those of a similar persuasion, but the film is trying to cover all bases. Clearly it doesn't all work, otherwise the picture would be better thought of, yet a decent family time filler it rounds out to be. I wouldn't advocate spending money to rent it, mind, but there are worse things in cinema life than watching this with a child you hold dear. 6/10
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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT WATCH THIS FILM 21 April 2014
By helen
I wish I had not put this Film on my Rental List . (1) The Child was a little Monster who played up when she did not get her own way . (2) The people who Murphy worked were all Idiots .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Murphy Family Fun! 7 April 2014
By Matiec
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This is in my opinion a great Eddie Murphy family film.
There are many happy, family aspects to this film.
This film is based on 1 child's imagination and just shows you how powerful ones imagination is.
I will recommend this film to anyone, it's a great family film!
Enjoy This Film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a brilliant DVD 27 Nov 2013
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This dvd is brilliant and very funny, good for all ages and I'm 20, took this on holiday with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars childhood 19 Oct 2013
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It's funny and it shows, you still need to use your imagination, when your a adult. It relates to some peoples own childhood.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good and not so good. 13 April 2013
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I really like watching Eddie Murphy and have most of his films, I thought this looked like a fun one to watch with the kids and it was only £3 so I picked it up. After watching it, I felt overall I had enjoyed it but it's definately one of my least favourite films of his, it was a bit hit and miss, with some parts being great and others leaving me wanting to switch it off. All that said, Eddie was still funny to watch and my kids liked it, won't be watching it again though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming family comedy 26 Oct 2012
The topsy turvy carrer of Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop) takes a decent footing in this fun family comedy, which is quite similar territory to Dwane Johnson's The Game Plan from a couple of years prior to this offering. Imagine That, takes to the World of financial advisement, as Evan Danielson's (Murphy) promising carer has hit some bumps, as he comes up against the eccentric & successful Johnny Whitefeather (Haden Chruch). Evan's estranged wife Trish (Ari parker) and more importantly his 7 year old daughter Olivia (Shahidi) who he hasn't shown much time for, start to re-connect & she introduces him to her imaginary friends, who it turns out, have some hot tips to help Evan's carer, but it's not going to be all smooth running.

Overall i found this film hit the mark more often than not. For the most part Eddie Murphy was very good & believable, as he played things in a sensible manner, although with a couple of those OTT shouting scenes. Yara Shahidi (The First Family) was perfect as the sweet daughter with imaginary friends & had a good rapport with Murphy. Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), Ronny Cox (BHCop), Nicole Ari Parker (Soul Food) & a cameo from Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) added good backbone to the story in support to Murphy.

The story itself was good, it maintained a steady level of watch ability from start to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great family film 12 April 2011
By april
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imagine that is one of my favourite films now and always will be. I love the native american because he is mad and very fun to watch. The imaginative princesses and queen are very sweet and if they were real or not they sure were very clever and if they weren't real then the little girl sure new a lot about companies. reviewed by my 9yr old daughter.
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