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The touching underdog story of a single guy against a massive corporation, Flash of Genius is a well-paced and well-written tale with a standout performance by star Greg Kinnear. Read critic reviews

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When college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) develops an intermittent windshield wiper, he believes he, his wife (Lauren Graham) and their children will be set for life. Though the invention is a big hit with automakers in 1960s Detroit, Kearns finds himself forced out of the picture. Determined to collect the recognition and financial reward due him, he wages an arduous legal battle with the auto industry.

Cast & Crew

Greg Kinnear
Robert Kearns
Lauren Graham
Phyllis Kearns
Jake Abel
Dennis Kearns
Daniel Roebuck
Frank Sertin
Tim Kelleher
Charles Defao
Bill Smitrovich
Judge Michael Franks
Alan Alda
Gregory Lawson
Thomas A. Bliss
Executive Producer
J. Miles Dale
Executive Producer
Jonathan Glickman
Executive Producer
Eric Newman
Executive Producer
Aaron Zigman
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Dante Spinotti
Cinematographer
Jill Savitt
Film Editor
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Production Design
Luis Sequeira
Costume Designer
Denise Charmian
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  • Aug 21, 2011
    Considering how predictable the story was, Flash of Genius was a fairly good film to watch. I had some minor issues with the film, and I thought that the film though good, wasn't as good as I'd thought it is. Robert Kearns seeks to be compensated and brings a lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company for patent infringement. Flash of Genius is the true story about Robert Kearns who is credited as one of the first to bring a lawsuit against a big corporation that infringed on a patent. Robert Kearns invented the intermittent windshield wiper and Flash of Genius tells the story of how he invented the wiper and how he fought in court to protect what was rightfully his. Greg Kinnear gives a good performance, but he also kind of makes Robert Kearns look a bit unsympathetic as well. Flash of Genius was a good film, but that was where the trouble lied with the film. Though Kinnear's performance was good, he made Kearns look almost like the bad guy, and looking at what he was doing to his family in the process while fighting his case. You sympathize with Robert Kearns, but almost don't care for him, almost. Flash of Genius could have been a truly great film, but its predictability kind of brought it down a notch. Still, this is a worthy film to watch with good performances, just don't expect anything excellent.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2011
    Kinda boring, kinda sad that when stand up for something you believe in, friends and family will tend to leave you all alone. I'm glad he never stopped! The trial was pretty interesting.
    ~Lissa~ Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    Based on a true story, this is an excellent, low key, film about a little guy in the right taking on a fat cat corporation so appallingly, and obviously in the wrong. Greg Kinnear is outstanding in a movie which I rather like and is not unsuitable for the whole family - I think I'll screen it for my mum.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2010
    Somewhat plodding but a good central performance by Greg Kinnear.
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