Imagine That

2009-09-25 13:06

What the movie’s about:

Eddie Murphy plays a successful financial 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 going down the drain, he finds the solution to all his problems is in his daughter’s imaginary world.

What we thought about it:

Eddie Murphy’s media-frenzied private life has clearly taken away his ability to act. Evan Danielson (Murphy) is that workaholic parent we all know so well. So it’s not surprising that his daughter Olivia (Yara Shahidi) escapes to an imaginary world where she can be who she wants to be and get the attention she so badly needs.

This movie is aimed at the entire family but it’s so tediously boring and predictable, kids will be left thinking it's 'lame' with a capital L. If you're thinking Daddy Daycare, you will be disappointed. Eddie’s attempt at being funny and a great dad won’t sit well even with the youngest audience member. His public denial that former Spice Girl, Mel B was having his baby is hard to forget, so his portrayal of a father figure isn’t particularly convincing. Not even the tribal Indian attempts of Evan’s competitive work colleague, Johnny Whitefeather (Thomas Haden Church), can inject some laughs into this flat flick.

Eddie’s take on Evan isn’t as charismatic or multi-dimensional as The Nutty Professor, but rather depressing, just like in Meet Dave. It's sad to see this funny man's career go down the toilet.

The true star of the movie is Yara Shahidi as Olivia. She captures your heart from the beginning as she portrays a kid torn between her divorced parents. Her childlike innocence reminds those who have forgotten that the imagination is a powerful thing and it shouldn’t be ignored.

It's shocking when young co-stars outshine their veteran colleagues, and it proves that kids have more fun with their characters and do the job for the love of it, not for money or status.

Warning: If you’re not under the age of 10, be prepared to endure the saddest 114 minutes of your life. Imagine that!

Eddie Murphy playing a dad? Now that should be new to him. But no matter how much imagination you may have, this movie is still a big blunder.

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