Director: Richard Gabai
Writers: Christine Gauthier (story), Brian D. Young (story)
Stars: Lacey Chabert, Ethan Embry, Amanda Schull
What they say: Emma is a married artist struggling with mental illness who lives in the same mansion she grew up in; where during her traumatic childhood with an abusive father, she relied on an imaginary friend for strength. But when Emma’s imaginary friend starts reappearing, she becomes fearful that she is once again losing her grip on reality. Desperate to save her marriage and show that she is in control, Emma takes drastic measures to free herself of her torment and her imaginary friend. But things are not as they seem and Emma’s ”Imaginary Friend” may hold all the shocking answers. Imaginary Friend is an intense psycho-thriller that stars Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas), Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Ethan Embry (Eagle Eye), Marc McClure (Superman) and was a 2012 ratings hit when it premiered on Lifetime television.
What I say: Smacks in the mouth? Check! Cheating husbands? Check! Betrayal? Check! Oh yeah, it’s a Lifetime movie. I love to bag on Lifetime and their man hating ways but they do occasionally manage to put forth an entertaining effort. Luckily, Imaginary Friend is one of those films. Starring the ever lovely Lacey Chabert, Imaginary Friend has pretty much an all-star cast. Everyone does fine in their roles especially Lacey Chabert and Ethan Embry.
The story line has twists galore but despite that the whole movie is pretty well telegraphed from the beginning. And once the twist occurs that is telegraphed as well, sigh. But watching the whole affair play out is quite fun and the actors make it worth watching simply to enjoy their performances. There a couple of pretty massive plot holes however, and you can put together what happened but you shouldn’t have to as it would have been pretty easy to touch on them at the end of the film. But let’s be honest, you can’t stay mad at a film featuring Ted McGinley as a cop.