Rating Explanation: for some mild language and brief questionable behavior.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: Despite it's poop jokes, this is a harmless, mildly amusing family comedy that will entertain most audiences.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Five deleted scenes; Outtakes; Commentary with director Karey Kirkpartrick and breakout start Yara Shahidi; Yara Shahidi set tour; A playground of the mind; Getting the part; Star blanket: Native American influence; The King and his jesters; What were they really saying?
Eddie Murphy ... Evan
Yara Shahidi ... Olivia
Thomas Haden Church ... Whitefeather
Nicole Ari Parker ... Nicole
James Patrick Stuart ... Mr. Pratt
Ronny Cox ... Tom Stevens
Vanessa Williams ... Lori
Martin Sheen ... Dante D'Enzo
Evan Danielson (Eddie Murphy "Dreamgirls") is particularly adept at juggling multiple computer
screens, mobile telephones and screaming clients while maneuvering his way through his busy day as a financial adviser at a Denver
investment company. What he is finds it difficult to do is make time for his seven-year-old daughter, Olivia (Yara Shahidi).
That is, until one day, when inadvertently Olivia gives him some
advice on several stocks. The tips actually come from the princesses, queens and a dragon who live in a magical kingdom in Olivia’s imaginary world, whom she speaks to through her purple security blanket. When the advice seems to be reliable, Evan begins performing childish dances and
songs to humor the dragon, much to the delight of his daughter. But when he needs Olivia’s ‘friends’ to help him
beat a rival for a big promotion, he becomes torn between his career
ambitions and his parental responsibility.
There is a sporadically funny subplot involving an annoying company rival Johnny Whitefeather (Thomas Haden Church "Sideways") a pseudo-mystic Native American. Another less developed subplot deals with Evan's
played by lovely Nicole Ari Parker ("Brown Sugar"), presumably to demonstrate that
Olivia isn't the only person Evan refuses to listen to.
Director Karey Kirkpatrick has written any number of successful family and
animated films (Over the Hedge, Chicken Run and James and the
Giant Peach) so he knows how to entertain children while amusing
adults. He uses Murphy much better than many recent directors, not
letting him run away with the film but forcing him to work with the
story and his character so that he becomes a father who genuinely has to
mature in order to communicate with his young daughter. Essentially Imagine That is a harmless little trifle that will entertain most audiences.