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Cailey Fleming with an Imaginary Friend voiced by Steve Carrell in IF (Paramount Pictures)

IF is an American live-action fantasy film about a young girl who begins to see imaginary friends who have been left behind as their real-life friends have grown up. Source: Australian Catholics.

Bea (Cailey Fleming) is able to see the ‘Imaginary Friends’ (IFs) and she discovers that her neighbour, Cal (Ryan Reynolds) also has this unusual ability.

Director John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) sheds the horror genre he has become known for to direct a fantasy-action film with an underlying positive message: happiness can be retrieved by reconnecting with one’s imaginary friends. 

In doing so, he uses extensive acting and voice casts to deliver his messages in a film that engenders happiness, peace and laughter by embedding imagined figures in action scenarios that are both playful and witty.

This is a light, enjoyable, fantasy film with smart scripting that has been explicitly directed to have family-adventure appeal. It is heart-warming in tone and style. 

Review by Peter W Sheehan, Jesuit Media

IF: Separate ensemble, acting and voice casts include Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Fiona Shaw, Emily Blunt, Steve Carell, and Matt Damon. Directed by John Krasinski. Rated PG (Mild themes, some scenes may upset young children). 105 min.


IF (Australian Catholics)