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Father of Invention [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]

Johnny Knoxville , Kevin Spacey    Blu-ray
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Johnny Knoxville, Kevin Spacey
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CA4SR4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Haven't you ruined enough people's lives?" 28 Oct 2011
Minor TV celebrity Robert Axle was king of the infomercial, plugging his ridiculous creations which bring together two existing ideas into one unique product (Peppercam: pepper spray your mugger take and his photo at the same time!). Now he's out of prison following an eight year spell after one of his products cut the fingers off those who used it, his look more caveman than fake-tan and this dishevelled, long-haired shadow of his former self tries to build a new life.

The film starts with promise; the clips of Axle at work on stage look great with Kevin Spacey nailing the slick patois and cheesy salesman act, as his audience lap up every word it seems a damming portrayal of how society loves celebrity and the razzmatazz of TV personalities. It's an observation developed further when we see the fickleness of showbiz, Axle is now almost unemployable, a figure of ridicule who has lost his multimillion dollar company and is sleeping on the sofa of his daughter - and even then he's not very welcome. Axle is a man coming to terms with a world which has moved on without him, as he tries to re-establish himself in the business he was once synonymous with he realises the sacrifices others had to make during his glory days, his perspective on life and what is important starts to shift. It's a life lesson which teeters on being a little over-sentimental, thankfully it's not too cheesy thanks to Spacey and his dry delivery, with another lead actor this could have been painfully corny.

The problem with Father Of Invention is that it stretches the basic idea beyond its limits, this is a good concept let down by a mediocre script and although it has some great moments, the bits in-between are generally underwhelming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average (in my opinion only) 26 Sep 2013
I was quite surprised at all the ultra negative reviews regarding `The Father of Invention.' Okay, I'll admit it isn't Kevin Spacey's finest film and obviously it isn't up to the standards of American Beauty, but I found it had a certain amount of charm to it.

Spacey plays a slick `infomercial' salesman who ends up getting his good-life taken away from him when he goes to jail, thus leaving his wife and daughter high and dry. Fast forward eight years and he's released and desperate to make amends (not to mention lots of money).

It's not the most original of stories and you can probably predict the ending, but it is Kevin Spacey in the lead role and, slightly dubious script or not, he still lends plenty of heavyweight kudos to the whole affair. It's definitely a comedy/drama. If you're expecting a `laugh-a-minute' affair then you'll be sorely disappointed, but I found it had enough humorous moments to keep me happy.

Like I say, predictable ending and plenty of `lessons' to teach us, but if you're a fan of Kevin Spacey, it should keep you going until his next offering.

Probably doesn't quite deserve a 4/5, but I'm feeling generous.
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3.0 out of 5 stars YOU'RE A FABRICATOR, 23 Aug 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Spacy 11 April 2013
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Not the best Kevin Spacy Movie but still very watchable. Good acting and good plot but the ending falls a little flat.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who writes this stuff? 13 Nov 2012
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Totally implausible.Dreadful acting. Intellectually barren. Spacey even more smug then usual. But apart from that...
How many decent independent films could have been made with this film's budget!
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