Father of Invention
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Father of Invention
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 part-time job as a janitor, and is forced to move in with his estranged daughter (Camilla Belle) and her… More

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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."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"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
"Father of Invention is not without its comic moments. Unfortunately, they take place during the end credits."
‑ Billy Tatum, We Got This Covered
"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."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"An effort drawn to mediocrity, ignoring wonderful comedic opportunities to make yet another relationship story between a humiliated father and his distrustful daughter."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Highly predictable..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The film promises a nasty little satire for a while but finally goes soft and self-pitying."
‑ Anthony Venutolo, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"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."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"Wears its convictions about deception, creativity, and the importance of being a really good daddy on its shopworn sleeves."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"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
"Colorless exposition and a lack of imagination or wit stall Father of Invention at the starting gate."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Kevin Spacey gives a typically soulful performance, but otherwise the film falls far short of being as inventive or confident as its main character."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screen International
"A floundering comedy with banal messages about putting family first."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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