IF, which stands for “Imaginary Friends,” will hit the big screen on this Friday, May 17. According to the experts, this upcoming Paramount Pictures film is a summer movie must-see for both adults and children alike. Keep reading to find out why!

First, if you aren’t quite familiar with this upcoming predicted box office summer hit, let’s take a look at what movie-goers can expect to see via a brief synopsis from


IF is a journey into the boundless realm of imagination, a reminder of the sheer joy of being a kid, and a discovery of the magic that lives within us all. With its relatable storyline, blend of live-action and animated characters, and guaranteed laughs from a star-studded cast including Ryan Reynolds, Steve Carell, Emily Blunt, Bradley Cooper, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Maya Rudolph, IF has all the ingredients needed to spark wonder and ignite the imaginations of children everywhere this summer.

Just why are the experts saying that this is “the” must-see movie of the summer?

Well, IF “holds a powerful message about the importance of imagination and the boundless possibilities it holds” while “[encouraging] children to think creatively, dream big and believe in the extraordinary.”

Per,, “research shows that imaginary friends may help promote cognitive development in children, effectively improving skills such as perspective-taking, problem-solving, and social communication.”

Additionally, the experts from tell us that, “make-believe friends give you insight into your child’s inner world and your child’s likes, dislikes and tastes. Children with imaginary friends can be more social and less shy than other children, and they might show more empathy in their play with other children.”

Imaginary friends enable children to delve into a self-made make-believe world. A child’s imaginary friend could be someone who:

  • keeps your child company
  • plays with your child
  • listens to and supports your child
  • accepts your child for who they are
  • can do things that your child can’t do
  • is special and belongs only to your child

As mentioned, set your reminders, because IF hits theaters this Friday. We can’t think of a better way to kick-off the weekend. Added bonus, have your little one’s bring along their imaginary friends to the theater as well!


Photo: IFMovie Instagram

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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