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January 20, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | January 20, 2009 |

Ah well. You can’t get mad at Eddie Murphy anymore. Everyone stole his schtick about being the baddest black man around, so he’s decided to make children’s movies. I don’t know. Maybe he found a church that requires penance in the form of family films. Noggintology or some such shit.

In Imagine That, he’s not wearing a fat suit or dressed up in whiteface, so there’s that much. He’s kind of pulling a Jim Carrey — toning down his usual manic Robin Williams street preacher-style buffoonery for the mass conglomerates — but still making sure to throw in a wacky dance or voice.

He’s a business executive who doesn’t pay attention to his young daughter. So of course, she develops magical powers that will help him with business. And then he loves her just to get at her delicious magical powers. And then he just plain ol’ loves her.

I guess the eighteen month cycle has passed for a washed-up comedian to do a family movie about a neglectful exec. Seriously, why does every father who wears a suit have to be portrayed as a douchebag who’ll only pay attention to his children when they bibbity bobbity boo up their shit? Is the moral of the story, if you work white collar, you don’t love your children? No wonder we’re in a fucking recession. Obama, save us! Save the Murphy, save the world.

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Trailers | January 20, 2009 |

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