Imaginary Heroes

on December 17, 2004 by Kevin Courrier
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"Imaginary Heroes" is a family drama so overwrought that it puts you in a state of profound disbelief. Obviously inspired by "Ordinary People" and "American Beauty," Dan Harris has created an inadvertent comedy out of suburban ennui.

When their eldest athletic son commits suicide, the Travis family goes to pieces. The youngest son, Tim (Emile Hirsch), the black sheep, gleefully heads for self-destruction. His mother, Sandy (Sigourney Weaver), smokes dope and hits on teenage boys. His father, Ben (Jeff Daniels), grows chin stubble and hangs out on park benches. Harris, who wrote the screenplay for "X-2: X-Men United," is obviously trying to show how the skeletons that rattle in the household closet can shake up the family unit. The only bones shaking, though, are those in the audience--gasping with laughter. "Imaginary Heroes" might be more aptly titled "Imaginary People." Starring Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams. Directed and written by Dan Harris. Produced by Art Linson, Frank Hubner, Gina Resnick, Denise Shaw and Illana Diamant. A Sony Pictures Classics release. Drama. Rated R for substance abuse, sexual content, language and some violence. Running time: 117 min

Tags: Starring Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams. Directed and written by Dan Harris. Produced by Art Linson, Frank Hubner, Gina Resnick, Denise Shaw, Illana Diamant, Sony, Drama
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