Parents' Guide to

Imagine That

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sugary sweet father-daughter comedy is fine for families.

Movie PG 2009 100 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 8+

Great Movie for families!

I think this movie is a perfect father and daughter movie to watch. I don't think kids under the age of 8 would really understand it. There is a lot of product placement in this movie, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But it is something to be aware of.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
age 5+

Great Family Flick

This was a cute movie overall. There were a few words I wouldn't want my girls to use, but nothing too profane. The father (Eddie) had some temper tantrums that would have landed him in time out at my house, but the moral was positive. He chooses his family over work and he is rewarded for his choice.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (25):

Murphy's live-action family films are hit (Dr. Dolittle) or miss (Meet Dave) -- IMAGINE THAT seems a bit more like the former than the latter. The premise is simple, the story is like a younger-skewing Bedtime Stories-meets-Bridge to Terabithia (minus all the special effects, since we never actually see Olivia's magical kingdom), and the manic Murphy quotient (how often his comedy goes way over the top) is kept to an amusing but not annoying level. Compared to some of Murphy's recent stinkers, this charming little father-daughter tale is perfect family matinee fare.

The main reason for the movie's appeal is the adorable chemistry between Murphy and Shahidi. The kid isn't just cute, but believably enchanting. Haden Church's Native American poser is funny half the time and borderline offensive the other, depending on the scene. His funniest bit (and perhaps the only laugh-out-loud moment in the movie) is when Whitefeather plies his son with Red Bull, covers him with a ceremonial Navajo blanket, and tries to extract financial prophecies. Silly and a bit stereotypical? Sure. Funny? Definitely.

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