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Imaginary Heroes

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This realistic family film starring Sigourney Weaver and Emile Hirsch as a loving mother and son asks some deep questions about mortality, the risks of depression, and staying together verses splitting up. Living in a beautiful house in a manicured suburban neighborhood, the Travis family seems flawless at first glance. That is, until the handsome eldest son (Kip Pardue), a star swimmer, commits suicide, leaving the family in pieces. The father (Jeff Daniels), rejects the other members of the family, becoming distant and aloof. The college-student daughter (Michelle Williams), rarely visits home any more. The mother (Weaver), resorts to petty quibbles with her next-door neighbor (Deirdre O'Connell), and develops a minor--but highly amusing--marijuana habit. And the youngest son, Tim (Hirsch)--who is the protagonist and the real victim in the story--searches for meaning, identity, and solace from the chaos that surrounds him. Tim's best friend Kyle (Ryan Donowho) experiments with drugs and sex, providing for some understated and poignant coming-of-age situations. But for the most part, it is the chemistry between expert actors Weaver and Hirsch that carries the film, making IMAGINARY HEROES a lovely, sensitive meditation on the mid-life family crisis.
    • Rating - substance abuse, sexual content, language, and some violence
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11119

  • Credits
    Sigourney Weaver, Susan Alexandra Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Deirdre O'Connell, Kip Pardue, Ryan Donowho, Michelle Williams, Jeff Daniels, Suzanne Santo
  • Critic Reviews
    "Weaver brings a tart satiric edge to her portrayal....Hirsch wins our sympathy..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "Rich with mordant humour, this is a beautiful, literary piece of cinema."

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