Picks and Pans Review: Imagine That

updated 06/22/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/22/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Eddie Murphy, Yara Shahidi | PG |

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After Eddie Murphy's recent run of lousy kids' movies, this appealing comedy is a pleasant surprise. Murphy is a workaholic money manager who gets in touch with his inner child after his young daughter (Shahidi) passes along profitable investment tips from her posse of imaginary pals. Soon, he is enthusiastically joining her in making believe, and in the process learning to be a more attentive dad. Kids will love Murphy dancing, singing and mugging, while chaperoning adults will be amused by the antics of a preening work rival (Thomas Haden Church) who, claiming he's part Indian, wields Native American schtick as a club.

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