Father of Invention

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Released 2011

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Director:
Trent Cooper
Released:
2011
Rating:
PG-13
Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey of AMERICAN BEAUTY, CASINO JACK), an eccentric inventor turned egomaniacal infomercial guru, loses it all when one of his inventions maims thousands of customers. After 8 years in prison, Axle is ready to resume his life and, more importantly, redeem his name and rebuild his billion-dollar empire. But first he must convince his estranged 22-year-old daughter (Camilla Belle of PUSH, FROM PRADA TO NADA) to let him live with her and her quirky, over-protective roommate (Heather Graham of THE HANGOVER, AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME).

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Colorless exposition and a lack of imagination or wit stall Father of Invention at the starting gate.

  • 40

    New York Daily News

    Kevin Spacey works heroically to overcome the flaws in Father of Invention, but Trent Cooper's flaky indie does depressingly little to earn its star's commitment.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The screenplay, by Mr. Cooper and Jonathan D. Krane, is so sketchy that it feels like a hastily executed first draft.

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