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Father of Invention

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Trent Cooper

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Plot Summary

Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey of AMERICAN BEAUTY, CASINO JACK), an eccentric inventor turned egomaniacal infomercial guru, loses it all when one of his inventions maims thousands of customers. After 8 years in prison, Axle is ready to resume his life and, more importantly, redeem his name and rebuild his billion-dollar empire. But first he must convince his estranged 22-year-old daughter (Camilla Belle of PUSH, FROM PRADA TO NADA) to let him live with her and her quirky, over-protective roommate (Heather Graham of THE HANGOVER, AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 0
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 3.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The screenplay, by Mr. Cooper and Jonathan D. Krane, is so sketchy that it feels like a hastily executed first draft. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Oct 13, 2011

Rotten: Colorless exposition and a lack of imagination or wit stall Father of Invention at the starting gate. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Oct 12, 2011

Rotten: The rather unappealing character of Axel is indulged with every opportunity for redemption, as Spacey is indulged with every opportunity to showboat. – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Oct 11, 2011

Rotten: 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. – New York Daily News, Oct 14, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Waste of time. The A Team is better than this

So disappointed. Bland. Very predictable. Just flat annoying characters. Don't waste your money. Worse Kevin Spacey character I've seen. And he's the reason I trusted it would be good.

must be good

the critics didnt like it.


Watchable, but not very entertaining. I give it a C- .

Father of Invention
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2011

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