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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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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Camilla Belle, Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville, John Stamos
  • Directors: Trent Cooper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • 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 (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CA4SR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve VINE VOICE on October 25, 2011
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Yes, I realize "not bad," is lukewarm praise at best, but it's fitting. This is a sweet little movie that probably could've been more but it's certainly better than lots of other movies that have received much more media attention and hype. I didn't even know this movie existed until it was made available through the Vine Program and that says more about the hype machine than it does about the quality of this movie.
The cast is good, particularly Spacey (pretty much in every frame of the movie) and Heather Graham, as a woman dealing with her self-esteem issues. Spacey's daughter Claire is flatly portrayed by Camilla Belle and Craig Robinson and Virginia Madsen play cliches, but they are both talented enough to add just enough to elevate their characters above their weakly written roles.
There is a sweetness in Spacey's huckster character Robert Axle, and the movie is less about satirizing the infomercial business (how can you satirize something that is funnier than any satire of it could ever be?) than it is about the fragility of relationships. Sure, most of what is said and done in Father of Invetion is unoriginal, but that doesn't mean it won't bring a smile to your face and keep your interest for the ninety minutes it takes.
My recommendation is to wait until it gets into the budget bin and pick it up.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dangerboybb on November 11, 2011
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I've always liked Kevin Spacey, and I thought it was a good movie. Guy that invents things, loses his shirt and ends up doing time, due to a dangerous product he marketed. The main story is about him trying to get back in the game after prison, and trying to have a relationship with his daughter, and ends up realizing he was never there for her before, and tries to change that. I enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard The Buying Hearted VINE VOICE on November 12, 2011
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It's hard to watch an Academy Award winner struggle to pull together a satire that just doesn't ever fire on all cylinders. This movie was mildly amusing and some of the characterizations would be worth it to the actors' fans.
But overall I can't really recommend it as good entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on February 3, 2012
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Necessity may be the mother of invention, but greed is quite frequently the gatekeeper of prison cells. An inventor named Robert Axle (portrayed by Kevin Spacey) learns this the hard way. A successful businessman, he provides the public with a number of devices that they need (or think they need). That is, until one of his most popular products leads to serious injuries.

This, in-turn, lands him in federal prison for gross negligence for the better part of a decade. Meanwhile, 1/2 his fortune goes to his ex wife, while the other 1/2 goes to the victims of his invention (ostensibly via a Class Action lawsuit).

Poor Robert. When he finally gets out of prison, he's still remembered, but not as the great inventor. Rather, he's remembered as the guy who screwed-up so many people's lives. Emerging from the prison gates, he finds that he has less credibility than George W. Bush!

The only person left in the world who gives a darn about him is his estranged daughter. She tries to help him out & gets mixed results. One of her roommates (portayed by Heather Graham) wants Robert gone for good. Obviously, Heather has a grand old time playing a woman who is a militant lesbian (who actually may or may not be militant OR a lesbian!).

The reconciliation with the daughter is heartwarming, but ultimately it seemed to me as though the movie didn't do a good job in tying up some loose ends. There are a few scenes that seemed to be thrown into the movie arbitrarily, and they're not really addressed by the ending.

All in all, this is a fairly enjoyable movie. Not a great film, but not horrible. Kevin Spacey fans are sure to be delighted with the film due to the fact that....well....it stars Kevin Spacey!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Kay VINE VOICE on December 10, 2011
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This had all the makings of a really entertaining and funny movie but somehow it just missed the mark. It's not completely awful, but it's just OK when it should have been much better.

The cast is promising. Kevin Spacey is a great actor and there's also Virginia Madsen and several other familiar actors. And the premise of an infomercial guru (Robert Axle, played by Kevin Spacey) who lost everything when he went to prison and now is out and wants to start over sounded good. So I think that leaves the script as the issue. It seems like the writer/director couldn't started the movie as a spoof on informercials and then decided to throw in a little family reconciliation drama. With elements of both types in the same movie, it doesn't work very well for either one.

The issues with this movie that keep it merely OK are pretty subtle. The stuff that was supposed to be funny didn't make me laugh much and the stuff that was supposed to make me care about the characters often just confused me. There was a scene with Kevin Spacey's character playing at the park with a little boy (that never would have happened given how shady he still looked at the time) that seemed really random. Now that I think about it, I realize how it was supposed to fit in, but the director never really connected the dots.

A lot of the characters never got beyond cariactures so you don't get any kind of deep feel for them. And Kevin Spacey's character flip-flopped between understanding how much people hated him and being completely oblivious. That character wasn't particularly likeable so it was hard to root for him to succeed, either in business or with his relationship with his daughter.
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