A shocking and tragic event causes the members of a quietly dysfunctional family to reexamine themselves and their lives in this drama. Ben and Sandy Travis (Jeff Daniels and Sigourney Weaver) are a couple whose troubled family begins to crumble when their eldest son, star college athlete Matt (Kip Pardue) commits suicide. Sandy's naturally cynical nature becomes all the more prickly, and while she tries to bond with her surviving teenaged son, Tim (Emile Hirsch), they seem closest when they discover a shared fondness for marijuana. Ben also tries to reach out to Tim, but the young man is never able to shake the feeling that he's never quite been the son his father wanted. Tim has a girlfriend, Steph (Suzanne Santo), but their relationship has been going through a rocky patch, and Tim finds himself questioning his feelings about women and men when his friendship with next-door neighbor Kyle (Ryan Donowho) evolves into something more intimate. Imaginary Heroes was written and directed by Dan Harris, best known for his work as a screenwriter on the blockbuster comic-book adaptation X-Men and projected remakes of Superman and Logan's Run. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
This is one of the most boring, depressing, and escapist movies I have seen. It deals with how a family copes with the suicide of a son who was an unwilling athletic star. The family is terribly dysfunctional, relies on illegal and prescription drugs to cope, and as a whole this story goes no where. It made me depressed watching it, so much that I decided to return it without seeing all of it.
Interesting story of a family's struggle to overcome suicide of a son/brother. Very slow and depressing. The only upbeat aspect of this movie is that it relieves you to know your family is not as disfunctional as some.
Watch this movie- if you feel like you've lost all hope, you want to kill yourself, and you're into taking drugs to suppress your latent feelings of worthlessness, homosexuality, adultry, cheating, stealing and basic lack of any and all morality.