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Father of Invention [Blu-ray] (2010)

Kevin Spacey , Camilla Belle , Trent Cooper  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, John Stamos
  • Directors: Trent Cooper
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CA4SR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey gives one of the most unexpectedly funny performances of his career as Robert Axle, an arrogant infomercial mogul whose empire collapses after one of his products maims thousands of consumers. After 8 years in prison, he tries to rebuild his fortune, but must first reconnect with his estranged daughter (Camilla Belle), her man-hating roommate (Heather Graham), his boneheaded new employer (Johnny Knoxville), the ex-wife who squandered his fortune (Academy Award® nominee Virginia Madsen of Sideways), and the ruthless executive who took over his company (John Stamos). Can a man who's lost everything devise a way to get back on top? Craig Robinson (''The Office''), Michael Rosenbaum (''Smallville'') and Anna Annisimova co-star in this surprising comedy about fabrications, complications, and the situations people invent to find out who they really are.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I can imagine the pitch session for Trent Cooper's satire "Father of Invention," and I'm willing to bet it was quite good. I have no doubt that you could cobble the ideas behind the film into a gut-busting parody on the age of infomercials. It's such a fantastic target as that industry exists almost solely on parodying itself. Sadly, though, the cleverness that you might expect going after such a rich and comical topic is not mined with very much efficiency in this film's screenplay. As Kevin Spacey kicks off the movie introducing some delightfully silly products, I thought we had a winner. But then the movie instantly takes you away from its funniest moments to set up a premise that I didn't believe for even one second. That's okay, though, I decided to go with the flow and see what kind of zany comic antics were in store. For my taste, though, the slapstick shenanigans and kicks to the groin didn't rate many laughs. There is a talented cast at work here: Kevin Spacey, Virginia Madsen, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, Craig Robinson, and Camilla Belle. Sadly, however, the film is wildly uneven with obvious jokes and physical humor that fall flat and scenarios that don't make a lot of sense and/or aren't particularly amusing.

Spacey plays Robert Axle, a fabricator (not an inventor, but someone who puts two existing ideas together to make an even better product). Wildly successful, one of his triumphs ends up mutilating the consumers that have bought the item. The film asks us to believe that Spacey (a multi-millionaire) went to prison for eight years because of this and that his wife (Madsen) was allowed to keep half of his fortune untouched by lawsuits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars YOU'RE A FABRICATOR December 5, 2011
Format:DVD
The whole premise had me scratching my head. Corporate executives do not go to prison due to liability on their products even if they deliberately produce a product that will harm people. Ford Motor company proved that with their exploding Pinto. So now Kevin Spacey spends 8 years in prison and his family never comes to see him? Once you get past that...and I never really did, we end up with a movie that has some good scenes connected by a bad plot.

I didn't like Heather Graham defining herself as a lesbian to strangers. That was so unreal and not funny. The negative relationships and feelings that were rampant against Kevin Spacey, was not believable. Kevin played a guy whose only fault was that he enjoyed his work. If you want a somewhat feel good comedy without f-bombs, sex, or nudity this one might fill in...but don't think too hard about it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Straight-to-Video Clunker October 28, 2011
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Failing to realize its potential as an infomercial satire, "Father of Invention" (2010) takes the predictably limp comedy-drama route. Kevin Spacey and a good supporting cast receive no help from writer-director Trent Cooper's unimaginative approach. The 93-minute running time feels like an eternity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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"Haven't you ruined enough peoples lives?" Robert Axel (Spacey) is the world's greatest "fabricator". Combining two ideas into one new one makes him millions. When one idea, the "ab-clicker" (an ab machine/TV remote) breaks peoples fingers he is found liable and is sent to prison. After serving 8 years he is released and moves in with his daughter and two roommates. Kevin Spacey has started to make a living playing offbeat, somewhat eccentric characters that have to build themselves back up. While this performance is not quite as good as "Casino Jack" it is still very good, and the movie is too. A very funny and enjoyable movie to watch. While not very original it is still very entertaining and Spacey's interaction with the other characters is what makes the movie. The supporting cast which includes Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville and Craig Robinson are great and while the movie is a rehash of many other movies the acting and dialog make this well worth watching. Overall, a very entertaining movie that is only that way because of the cast. I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I don't know if I would.

*Also try - Casino Jack & Extract
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I can imagine the pitch session for Trent Cooper's satire "Father of Invention," and I'm willing to bet it was quite good. I have no doubt that you could cobble the ideas behind the film into a gut-busting parody on the age of infomercials. It's such a fantastic target as that industry exists almost solely on parodying itself. Sadly, though, the cleverness that you might expect going after such a rich and comical topic is not mined with very much efficiency in this film's screenplay. As Kevin Spacey kicks off the movie introducing some delightfully silly products, I thought we had a winner. But then the movie instantly takes you away from its funniest moments to set up a premise that I didn't believe for even one second. That's okay, though, I decided to go with the flow and see what kind of zany comic antics were in store. For my taste, though, the slapstick shenanigans and kicks to the groin didn't rate many laughs. There is a talented cast at work here: Kevin Spacey, Virginia Madsen, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, Craig Robinson, and Camilla Belle. Sadly, however, the film is wildly uneven with obvious jokes and physical humor that fall flat and scenarios that don't make a lot of sense and/or aren't particularly amusing.

Spacey plays Robert Axle, a fabricator (not an inventor, but someone who puts two existing ideas together to make an even better product). Wildly successful, one of his triumphs ends up mutilating the consumers that have bought the item. The film asks us to believe that Spacey (a multi-millionaire) went to prison for eight years because of this and that his wife (Madsen) was allowed to keep half of his fortune untouched by lawsuits.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Family movie with a great plot great action great acting I love this this is as good as it gets
Published 1 month ago by edward ervin
5.0 out of 5 stars Super funny
I liked this movie
it was kind of like Best in Show or the one about the Butter Carving competition.
Great actors and good story line
Published 4 months ago by Alison in CA
4.0 out of 5 stars Father of Invention
I'm somewhat biased here because I think I can watch ANY MOVIE with Kevin Spacey in it! This one was a treat! Kevin Spacey plays Robert Axle with glee... Read more
Published 6 months ago by I'd rather be at the Beach
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and watchable
I'm a Kevin Spacey and Heather Graham fan. I wished her role had been bigger. She's really under rated as an actress and I'd like to see her work more. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert Lange
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD MOVIE
THIS MOVIE IS GREAT. THE DVD WAS USED, BUT IN VERY GOOD SHAPE, JUST AS DESCRIBED IT CAME ON TIME
Published 14 months ago by grannya
4.0 out of 5 stars great flick
If you are an inventor or even want to be one then this is the movie for you. Sadly its less about the industry than it lends itself, but more about making amends and moving... Read more
Published 15 months ago by robdewberry
3.0 out of 5 stars Straight to DVD
Movie isn't so great but my mom, husband, and I are in the auditorium scenes. With the cast involved, I thought the movie would have done better.
Published 15 months ago by Alisha M Carmouche
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Cast, Story Pulled in a Few Too Many Directions
Neglectful capitalist father tries to redeem himself after jail stint. We've seen this story a thousand times before. Read more
Published 22 months ago by CG
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay movie, but nothing more than okay
I missed seeing Kevin Spacey on the big screen, so I was happy to get this movie, unfortunately I did not think it was his best work, neither was I too impressed with the movie... Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by Sirius
4.0 out of 5 stars hmmmmm.
I can't decide how I feel about this film, and generally I take that as a good sign. If a film stays with you, and you think about it for a while ... Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by John Doe
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