Father of Invention

October 14th, 2011


Father of Invention

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After 8 years in prison, inventor Robert Axle struggles to win over his estranged family and catch up on current technology as he works to once again become the king of the infomercial.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.7/10 (3,027 voted)

Critic's Score: 36/100

Director: Trent Cooper

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, Heather Graham

Robert Axle, an eccentric inventor turned ego maniacal infomercial guru, loses it all when one of his inventions maims thousands of customers. After 8 years in maximum security prison, Robert is ready to redeem his name and rebuild his billion dollar empire. But first, he must convince his estranged 22-year-old daughter to let him live with her and her quirky, over-protective roommates.

Writers: Jonathan D. Krane, Trent Cooper

Kevin Spacey - Robert Axle
Camilla Belle - Claire Axle
Heather Graham - Phoebe
Johnny Knoxville - Troy Coangelo
Anna Anissimova - Donna
John Stamos - Steven Leslie
Red West - Sam Bergman
Michael Rosenbaum - Eddie the Ex
Danny Comden - Matt James
Jack McGee - Parole Officer
Craig Robinson - Jerry King
Virginia Madsen - Lorraine
Marc Macaulay - General Store Clerk
Morgan Saylor - Young Claire (12)
Karen Kaia Livers - Maria (as Karen Livers)

Taglines: Sometimes the best ideas are homegrown

Release Date: 14 October 2011

Filming Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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If you find yourself coming to IMDb for a sneak peek at your next movie outing, please remember this rule: reviewers who vote a film 8* or more, if they have only one, or two at the most, reviews posted .. are probably what the industry calls "sponsored reviewers" or, in layman's terms, "professional bullsh**ers".

Unfortunately Father of Invention is one of those titles that the parent studio feels needs sponsored reviews, as you can see for yourself if you browse the few reviews here on IMDb (just click on the Author's name in the review); the film isn't terrible, but apart from Kevin Spacey doing his best, there really isn't much of a story to keep it afloat.

Rober "Bob" Axel has just come out of jail for marketing a faulty product (whait, what? do corporation chairmen go to jail for that? this film must be set in a parallel universe where criminal charges apply differently than real-life US), and he has to start again from the bottom rung of society, trying to rebuild all he lost, including his family, car, friends, and all that upper-crust stuff. He fails.

That's about it for a pretty mediocre film, with a very diminutive script, truly awful supporting characters, middle of the road acting, and lacklustre direction; Spacey is good, but the constraints of a unimaginative ..everything .. leave him no space to shine.

Avoid this film if you can, there are too many boring and inconsequential filler scenes in it to make this an easy sit-through, even with friends. Instead, do go see something else out this week, like Soldier Spy, Machinegun Preacher, 50/50, 1911, Heavy Times, or the superb Drive. Anything really, but not this. Or Melancholia.

Final vote, 4/10. Pretty bad.


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