MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,321 this week

My Father, the Genius (2002)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 91 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 6 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 124 titles
created 19 Mar 2011
 
a list of 950 titles
created 10 Nov 2011
 
a list of 314 titles
created 12 Sep 2012
 
a list of 8263 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 267 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: My Father, the Genius (2002)

My Father, the Genius (2002) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of My Father, the Genius.
5 wins. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
John Johansen ...
Himself
David Mesa ...
Himself
Ralph Mursinna ...
Himself
Michael Rendler ...
Himself
Glen Howard Small ...
Himself
Julie Small ...
Herself
Joanne Small-Eggert ...
Herself
Christine Small-Shook ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 January 2002 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Adiago from Sonata No. 3 in E Major, op. 2
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Kaoru Ishibashi
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Parent and Genius: Can you do both equally well?

This daughter takes on a huge task: being fair to a father who emotionally neglected his children in a film seen by the public. That she did it well is to her credit. Screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the movie was commented on by the film-maker Lucia Small who handled our questions. She shows her father with his own words, amidst his beautiful architectural works. She also interviews the siblings and the ex wives, ex-girlfriends, all muses to his work, but secondary. "Relationships come and go, " he says, "but the work is forever." "But what about the children" she asks, "What about them?" "Oh, they come and go as well, and sometimes they give you great pain." That remark is followed up at the end of the movie by a phone message that you hear while looking at a painting of his work: "I was not the father to you that I could have been."

Of course, this shows somewhat of an arrogance, since he is implying that he knew what to do. As a parent who also worshipped at the fake god, 'Career" and emotionally neglected her 5 children, I know that skill with a computer does not easily translate to skill in raising 'small people'....no pun intended. Lucia Small was the film-maker and she told us that her father's only complaint about the movie was, "It doesn't show enough of my work."

See this excellent movie with your children, and start a conversation with them about it. In the midst of daycare, school, tennis lessons, etc., etc. and our own long work-hours, they grow up having separate lives and we don't really know them. This might help you in that very important effort.

Having said that, I must also report that she told us her siblings were creative productive adults. One son, a carpenter is shown implementing the architectural plans of his father. How symbolic: the germ of an idea by the father is brought into being by the carpenter son, as the sperm issued by the father produced the son.

So how about the benefits of 'benign neglect'? And is 'happy' something you want your grown children to be in this world? See the movie....listen to your kids' opinion of it. And reflect.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss My Father, the Genius (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page