Bruce McBroom
EW Staff
June 08, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Imagine That

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
107 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/12/09
performer
Thomas Haden Church, Eddie Murphy, Nicole Ari Parker, James Patrick Stuart
director
Karey Kirkpatrick
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon
genre
Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C+

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Yara Shahidi, Thomas Haden Church
Directed by: Karey Kirkpatrick
Release date: June 12

A finance exec (Murphy) forms a closer bond with his daughter (Shahidi) after she begins to give him astute stock advice via her imaginary friends. Though the family comedy is rooted in fantasy, Murphy and newcomer Shahidi’s onscreen chemistry was certainly real. ”She was a great improviser,” says Kirkpatrick (Over the Hedge), pointing to one scene in which he filmed Shahidi and Murphy ”playing restaurant” while cooking pancakes. ”She would run [lines] to the point where Eddie would stop because she was plowing over his attempted ad-libs.” A 7-year-old who can riff alongside the seasoned Murphy? Imagine that.

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