Father of Invention (2011)
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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
Oct 14, 2011 Limited
Oct 25, 2011
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For all its eagerness to please, you'd think Father of Invention could come up with at least one sister of independence.
Like Graham and Madsen, Spacey too often gets lost in smaller projects that aren't worthy of his talents. He, and his costars, deserve a more inventive movie than this one.
The screenplay, by Mr. Cooper and Jonathan D. Krane, is so sketchy that it feels like a hastily executed first draft.
The film promises a nasty little satire for a while but finally goes soft and self-pitying.
Colorless exposition and a lack of imagination or wit stall Father of Invention at the starting gate.
Father of Invention is not without its comic moments. Unfortunately, they take place during the end credits.
Though it's got a few good ideas going for it, Father of Invention doesn't seem to know what kind of movie it wants to be.
Kevin Spacey gives a typically soulful performance, but otherwise the film falls far short of being as inventive or confident as its main character.
A weird and fitfully fresh comedy with a name-heavy cast that almost methodically fumbles away a viewer's engagement, leaving them with thoughts of what could have been.
In trying to send audiences out of the theater uplifted, Father of Invention instead leaves us sadly shaking our heads about how much better the movie could have been.
An effort drawn to mediocrity, ignoring wonderful comedic opportunities to make yet another relationship story between a humiliated father and his distrustful daughter.
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