Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Paramount Pictures

Directed by:

Karey Kirkpatrick


Starring:

Eddie Murphy as Evan Danielson; Thomas Haden Church as Johnny Whitefeather; Yara Shahidi as Olivia Danielson; Nicole Ari Parker as Trish; Ronny Cox as Tom Stevens

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Imagine That

Evan Danielson is a financial hotshot. But alone with his 7-year-old daughter, Olivia, he's a total wreck. That sad fact is obvious to Olivia and Evan's ex-wife, Trish. During her parents' breakup, Olivia seeks comfort in an imaginary land under her blanket (called Goo-Gaa) where she talks with a queen and her princess daughters.

When Evan is forced to spend the week with Olivia, he discovers that this imaginary royal family gives out great financial advice. But more importantly, Evan realizes how special Olivia is and how to be a good father.

Some families may be turned off by the Native American spiritual talk of Johnny Whitefeather, Evan's archrival at work. And although it's played for laughs, Whitefeather selfishly pumps up his son on highly caffeinated Red Bull in hopes that the boy can gain mystical financial insights. The movie also features its share of potty language, and God's name is used inappropriately twice. 

Faults aside, Imagine That often pegs the cuteness meter at 100 percent. Evan's silliness, especially when he's with Olivia, is heart-warming. And many will like the overall theme: Holding fast to our family, which is a priceless treasure, is what matters most.

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