Film is a visual medium, and often finds tangible ways to convey the inner worlds of a character’s thoughts. One way this is accomplished is with an imaginary friend, creating a tangible representation of the internal dialogue we all often carry out with ourselves. A physical representation of this internal creation is accomplished by casting an actual actor to play that role of imagined companion. Young children may use an imaginary friend to develop social skills, while adults may revive them to cope with a difficult period. These are healthy representations of the concept, which are also often used to convey mental instability. And then there are the films with imaginary friends who may be real, implying a supernatural element to their existence.
Whether a healthy part of childhood, a coping mechanism for struggling adults, or an indication of the supernatural, what is important in these films about imaginary friends is the impact they have on the narrative. Real or not, they have license in the power of influence held over the protagonist. Either by motivating the main character’s action or by directly interacting with the physical world, these “imagined” characters have a tangible impact on the plot.
Which of these imaginary characters feel the most real? Vote up your favorite fabricated friend!
Warning: Some spoilers ahead!
- 110 VOTES
Drop Dead Fred In 'Drop Dead Fred'Photo: New Line Cinema
- 216 VOTESPhoto: 20th Century Fox
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Frank The Rabbit In 'Donnie Darko'Photo: Newmarket Films
- 412 VOTESPhoto: Fox Searchlight Pictures
- Photo: Paramount Pictures
- 68 VOTESPhoto: Universal Pictures