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Murphy plays Evan Danielson, an aggressive workaholic investment consultant with no time for family - in fact, he's divorced and has no connection with his daughter, Olivia (about 6 years old, I think). But when he's forced to care for her for a week he's insensitive to her security blanket and imaginary friends... until he realizes that these friends are giving surprisingly accurate investment advice. And thus begins a relationship with his daughter that, although not initially based on the right reasons, opens his eyes to what he's missing out on.
I'm not exactly a devotee of this type of movie and haven't really seen any of Murphy's films since Disney's "The Haunted Mansion" (which was very disappointing compared to "Pirates of the Caribbean"), but my kids and I really enjoyed this one. I didn't notice any foul language and any crude jokes must have gone right over my head. Yara Shahidi was perfectly cute as his neglected daughter, and Thomas Hayden Church was particularly funny as Johnny Whitefeather, his main competition at work with phony Native American investing advice. The plot-line may be formulaic and in some ways the moral-of-the-story done a bit too Hollywood-ish, but I thought the movie was quite fun, and definitely better than I expected.
take time to be a real father. The little girl in movie was excellent in the part. I have bought this movie for future viewing.
The story elements couldn't be more trite or unoriginal. Workaholic investment adviser Evan Danielson (Murphy) is intent on climbing that corporate ladder and barely finds time for his 7-year-old kid Olivia. When his separated wife sticks him with babysitting Olivia, Evan agrees - after all, he does love his daughter - but Olivia, cute but peculiar, is no match for his work portfolio. Olivia's favorite thing in the world is her googah, which is this blue security blanket and also her portal to an imaginary world and her invisible friends.
For Evan, it's hard to do work when your kid is incessantly talking silly nonsense to herself. But is it really nonsense? When Olivia's make-believe princess friends end up dispensing savvy investment tips, Evan decides that he ought to spend more time with his daughter. Er, because he loves her.
Kids may like this, probably, because Yara Shahidi is cute and earnest and simply very good as Olivia. But the story follows a predictable path. Its payoff is weak and involves Murphy's character having to get to his daughter's big school concert. Not that it matters, but we never do learn for sure if the fantasy element really is of a magical nature or rooted in a more earthbound explanation.Read more ›
If you're looking for a movie to entertain late elementary / early middle school kids this one will be a winner - adults, not so much.
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Should be relaxing movie,I felt tired.Maybe kids liked it.But I don't want to encourage you from not watching it.Published 7 days ago by Plano girl
Cute movie for children, some funny parts, but nothing to really write home about. I buy almost EVERY movie I love, and this will not be on my purchase list. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TRUTH & NOTHING BUT
Classic Eddie Murphy humor, but totally family friendly! Was pleasantly surprised by this movie.
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This movie is absolutely adorable. Should have received more publicity when first released.Published 3 months ago by FancyFlower
Enjoyed this movie when it first came out on Blue-Ray and I purchased it - still do on Amazon Video.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer