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Imagine That


What if your daughter's imagination was the secret to your success? When a highly competitive money mogul (Eddie Murphy) finds his financial kingdom slipping, he turns to his 7-year-old daughter and her fantasy world of imaginary princess for help.

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

Sugary sweet father-daughter comedy is fine for families.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Eddie Murphy father-daughter comedy is aimed squarely at families, so expect your kids to be interested. The good news is that it's mostly tame and family-friendly, except for a few exclamations like "crap" and "hell" and some possibly off-putting, over-the-top references/jokes regarding Native Americans and their culture. While Murphy's character starts out primarily interested in furthering his career, he ultimately learns an important lesson about putting his daughter first.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about work-family balance.
  • What does Evan learn by the time the movie is over?
  • Was Olivia's fantasy world important because it helped Evan get ahead or because it helped them bond?
  • Families can also discuss the movie's Native American jokes/references. Are they funny? Is humor based on stereotypes OK?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 28
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Imagine That has a few nagging problems, none of which is Eddie Murphy's fault.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, June 12, 2009

Fresh: Director Karey Kirkpatrick mines laughter from human fallibility, aided by a strong supporting cast that includes Martin Sheen as the boss and Thomas Haden Church as an office rival.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Friday, June 12, 2009

Rotten: Ham fisted and formulaic, Imagine That nevertheless has some endearing qualities to save it from the trash can %u2013 notably Yara Shahidi, the cute little bundle whose smartly innocent presence and likeable little face are so loved by the camera that dir

- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"Imagine That" is a good comedy, if not the funniest. But what it lacks in humor it makes up for with charm and being interesting. Yara Shahidi and Eddie Murphy are great, as are the cinematography and the visually pleasing sets.

- superjoker1, Wednesday, August 12, 2009

3 stars

Imagine that nickelodeon has done better this summer than Disney (G-Force) Family fun for every one, Eddie Murphy has done it again, apart from his major role as always and always taking the credit, you cant help admitting he still has it going on he had the movie entirely suited for his audience, so if you are a Meet Dave, or The Huanted Mansion fan, this will still make you a fan of Eddie Murphy, on the other hand if you hated Pluto Nash, well lets leave that one out. Evan Danielson : Please let me pass!

- PedroPauloA, Saturday, October 3, 2009

2 stars

It had enough love and support to be good, but not enough follow through.

- FrizzDrop, Monday, August 2, 2010