Father of Invention

2011

Father of Invention

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Millionaire infomercial guru, Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey) loses everything when one of his inventions has a design flaw that accidentally chops off the fingers of thousands of customers. After serving eight years in prison, a disgraced Axle is released, and ready to redeem his name and rebuild his empire with a new innovation. However, Axle's ex-wife (Virginia Madsen) has spent all of his money and moved into his house with her new husband (Craig Robinson). Out of desperation, he finds a part-time job as a janitor, and is forced to move in with his estranged daughter (Camilla Belle) and her over-protective roommates. Despite these setbacks he is determined to pitch his newest gadget and rebuild his infomercial empire. But the world has changed in the last decade, and Axle finds himself out of step with current technology, his family, and the self-confidence that made him king of the infomercials in the past. With all his wheels spinning, Axle soon realizes before he can be successful with his new creation, first he must reinvent himself. -- (C) Anchor Bay

Cast

Kevin Spacey
as Robert Axle
Camilla Belle
as Claire Axle
Johnny Knoxville
as Troy Coangelo
John Stamos
as Steven Leslie
Red West
as Sam Bergman
Michael Rosenbaum
as Eddie the Ex
Danny Comden
as Matt James
Jack McGee
as Parole Officer
Craig Robinson
as Jerry King
Marc Macaulay
as General Store Clerk
Morgan Saylor
as Young Claire (12 Years Old)
Zachary Foppe
as Customer at Familymart
George Cooper
as Handball Kid
Lara Grice
as Mom in Park
Julia LaShae
as Lily's Mother
Marel Medina
as Stock Boy
Kristen Shaw
as Bank Teller
Walt Elder
as Harold
Audra Marie
as Business Man's Date
Joe Nemmers
as Business Man
Rhoda Griffis
as Penny Camp
Brett Rice
as Howard Camp
Randy Austin
as Security Guard
Mary-Charles Jones
as Young Claire (6 Years Old)
Sam Best
as Mailbox Patron
Carol Sutton
as Bingo Caller
Kim Holden
as News Anchor
Tiffany Morgan
as Mother in Infomercial
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Critic Reviews for Father of Invention

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Audience Reviews for Father of Invention

  • Aug 19, 2012
    This was quite a surprise, especially after seeing so many bad reviews. I really enjoyed this. I have to admit, a good Kevin Spacey film is very rare these days. This one, though, I found very enjoyable. It's funny, but not always laugh out loud funny..more smiles and chuckles, and I like that in a movie. I didn't have high expectations for this one, but it is a wonderful little dramedy, in my opinion..........
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2012
    Home Run for Kevin Spacey. He gives another great performance in a film that should have gotten a lot of attention. He is great playing this loser, who gets the audience to root for his big comeback throughout the film. The film reminds me of movies like Jerry Maguire, The Wrestler, Man About Town, just to name a few. The film was well written. Also the film was well cast. Everyone in this ensemble does deliver and shine. This film should have gotten more attention when it came out. I definitely recommend this film, especially for Kevin Spacey's performance.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2012
    Father of Invention is an interesting drama that's fairly entertaining. With a story about redemption and second chances, the film follows a former inventor who tries to reconnect with his family and rebuild his life. The casting is pretty good, and includes Kevin Spacey, Camille Belle, Heather Graham, and Craig Robinson. The story takes a few twists, and not always for the good, but when all's said and done it ends up being rather conventional. While most of Father of Invention is mediocre, it has a lot of fun and is pretty entertaining.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2012
    I am not sure what to say... someone wrote that ""Father of Invention" proves strikingly uninventive" and that summarizes the lot! Doesn't matter how good Kevin Spacey was, or the impressive cast including Johnny Knoxville, Craig Robinson, and Virginia Madsen... even they could not save such a bad screenplay and shaky directing by Trent Cooper! It was watchable but even after finishing watching it, you'll still feel empty like in the middle of it... it was a movie about nothing special... actually I could not even say what was the movie about... sorry... some kind of relationship fixing or something like that as I could guess?! Don't waste time!
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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