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.