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Father of Invention -- Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey), an eccentric inventor-turned-egomaniacal-infomercial-guru, loses it all when his invention maims thousands. Now out of prison, he's ready to redeem his empire.
Father of Invention -- Robert Axel, an eccentric inventor who through wealth and fame, finds unexpected misfortune and after many hardships is ready to redeem his name and rebuild his billion dollar empire.

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Writers (WGA):
Jonathan D. Krane (written by) and
Trent Cooper (written by)
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Release Date:
3 November 2011 (Russia) See more »
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Tagline:
Sometimes the best ideas are homegrown See more »
Plot:
After 8 years in prison, inventor Robert Axle struggles to win over his estranged family and catch up on current technology as he works to once again become the king of the infomercial. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Horrible. You'll feel cheated out of the time you could have spent doing ANYTHING else. See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kevin Spacey ... Robert Axle

Camilla Belle ... Claire Axle

Heather Graham ... Phoebe

Johnny Knoxville ... Troy Coangelo

Anna Schafer ... Donna (as Anna Anissimova)

John Stamos ... Steven Leslie

Red West ... Sam Bergman

Michael Rosenbaum ... Eddie the Ex

Danny Comden ... Matt James

Jack McGee ... Parole Officer

Craig Robinson ... Jerry King

Virginia Madsen ... Lorraine

Marc Macaulay ... General Store Clerk

Morgan Saylor ... Young Claire (12)

Karen Kaia Livers ... Maria (as Karen Livers)
Zacharias Foppe ... Customer at Familymary
George Cooper ... Handball Kid

Lara Grice ... Mom at Park

Suehyla El-Attar ... Shop Girl
Sofia Spadoni ... Lily

Julia Lashae ... Lily's Mother
Marel Medina ... Stock Boy

Jason Davis ... Neil

Kristen Shaw ... Bank Teller
Walt Elder ... Harold
Audra Marie ... Business Man's Date

Joe Nemmers ... Business Man

Rhoda Griffis ... Penny Camp

Brett Rice ... Howard Camp

Randy Austin ... Security Guard

Mary-Charles Jones ... Young Claire (6)

Tina Parker ... Steak
Sam Best ... Mailbox Patron
Mary Cobb ... Sheila (as Mary Elizabeth Cobb)
Leon Gisclair ... Andre

Carol Sutton ... Bingo Caller
Kim Holden ... News Anchor

Tiffany Morgan ... Mother (Informercial)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christine Bently ... Lisa
Dayton Gray ... Homeless man / Buisness Man
Judy Kern ... Theatre Patron
Christine Scheller ... Women's Center Employee

Marianne del Gallego ... News Reporter (uncredited)
Rodney Hebert ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Gustavo I. Ortiz ... Employee (uncredited)

Directed by
Trent Cooper 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jonathan D. Krane (written by) and
Trent Cooper (written by)

Produced by
Ken Barbet .... producer
David Bergstein .... executive producer
Sergei Bespalov .... executive producer
Dana Brunetti .... producer
Michael Christoforo .... associate producer
Anne M. DuBois .... co-producer
John R. DuBois .... co-producer
Christopher R. Fluder .... associate producer
Jared Goldman .... executive producer
Penelope J. Hill .... associate producer
Stefan Jacobs .... executive producer
Kia Jam .... producer
Donna Kasseinova .... executive producer
Jonathan D. Krane .... producer
D. Scott Lumpkin .... executive producer
Mark C. Manuel .... executive producer
Brendan McDonald .... executive producer
Gary Raskin .... executive producer
Jason Sciavicco .... producer
Kevin Spacey .... producer
Ron Tutor .... executive producer
Frederick R. Ulrich .... associate producer
Sal Vasquez .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Nick Urata 
 
Cinematography by
Steve Yedlin 
 
Film Editing by
Heather Persons 
 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Mary Vernieu 
 
Production Design by
Joseph T. Garrity 
 
Art Direction by
Raymond Pumilia 
 
Set Decoration by
Cynthia Anne Slagter 
 
Costume Design by
Johanna Argan 
Molly Grundman 
 
Makeup Department
Fionagh Cush .... makeup department head
Allison Gordin .... key makeup artist
Krystal Kershaw .... makeup artist
Natasha Ladek .... wig maker: Kevin Spacey
Darryl Lucas .... makeup artist
Kent Richard .... hair stylist
Donna Spahn .... department head hair
Tony Ward .... hair stylist
Melizah Anguiano Wheat .... key hair stylist (as Melizah Schmidt)
Amy Wood .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Marc A. Hammer .... production supervisor
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Altieri .... key second assistant director
Cali Pomes .... second second assistant director
David Ticotin .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Mike Barnard .... painter
Edward J. Borasch Jr. .... property master
Iggie Colomer .... set dresser
Gus Coto .... leadman
Michael Dares .... set dresser
Ryan Martin Dwyer .... set dresser
Jessica Fannon .... set decoration buyer
Sarah Forrest .... set designer
Jeff Garbacz .... carpenter
Mimi Gauthier .... set decoration buyer
Gregory T. Geniusz .... set dresser
Paul Giglione .... painter
Eric Jihwan Jeon .... specialty prop designer/builder
Charlie LaVoy .... art assistant
Sam Lothridge .... on-set dresser
Scot Middleton .... construction coordinator
Sidney Joseph Montz III .... set dresser
Virle S. Reid .... assistant props
Noel Rideout .... additional set dresser
Robin Simmerly .... art department coordinator
Victoria St. Pierre .... key scenic
Mark M. Wilkinson .... graphic designer
 
Sound Department
Jimmy 'Coach' Armstrong .... boom operator: splinter unit
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Javier Bennassar .... sound designer
Javier Bennassar .... supervising sound editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Dunlop .... foley editor
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Dan Izen .... sound mixer
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor
Brad Lokey .... additional sound utility / second boom
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
A. Josh Reinhardt .... sound mixer
Richard Schexnayder .... sound mixer: splinter unit
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound recordist
Chris Welcker .... sound utility/second boom operator
Aaron Zeller .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital compositor
Chris Brown .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Jennifer Badger .... stunt double
Danny Cosmo .... stunt performer
Jeff Galpin .... utility stunts
Lex D. Geddings .... stunt double
Ben Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Elton LeBlanc .... precision driver
Alec Rayme .... stunt double: Johnny Knoxville
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tarik Naim Alherimi .... best boy electric
Gerald Autin .... grip best boy
Victor Brunette .... video assist
Duane Cooper .... a dolly grip
Bryan DeLorenzo .... first assistant additional camera: second unit
Keith Francis .... camera operator
Brad Garris .... electrician
Gonzalo Gonzalez .... additional electrician
Penelope Helmer .... second assistant camera
Daniel H. Jacobs .... electrician
Lisa Lengyel .... first assistant
Dale Myrand .... camera operator: "a" camera
Paul Olinde .... gaffer
Joseph Paolucci Jr. .... best boy rigging electrician
Patti Perret .... still photographer
Jonathan E. Robinson .... b cam second assistant camera
Jacob Sauerbrey .... electrician
James Allen Sheppard .... video assist
Michael Trejo .... grip
Robb W. Turner .... electrician
Robb W. Turner .... lighting technician
Jeremy Webre .... grip
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Robin Batherson .... background casting coordinator
Brandon Hemmerling .... casting assistant
Jason Landry .... extras casting
Michelle Wade Byrd .... casting associate (as Michelle Wade)
Geraldine Glenn .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Megan Coates .... set costumer
Malikka Coston .... key set costumer
Elizabeth McEntire Williams .... costume assistant
Reba Saul .... set costumer
Diana Savone .... costumer
Ann Walters .... costume supervisor
Lesley D. Wickham .... ager/dyer
 
Editorial Department
Tony Dustin .... digital film colorist
Sky Gewant .... editorial assistant
Bruce Lomet .... digital intermediate producer
Teressa Longo .... assistant editor
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor
Mark Scovil .... first assistant editor
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Joshua David McLerran .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Robert M. Donaldson .... assistant location manager
Danielle Fischer .... locations (as Danielle Trejo)
Charlie French .... locations
 
Music Department
Al Clay .... music score mixer
Al Clay .... music score producer
Chris Galland .... assistant music mixer
Vicki Hiatt .... music editor
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Rob Simon .... music editorial consultant
Doug Webb .... musician: featured saxophone
 
Transportation Department
Richard Brown .... picture car contributer
Donald Burdett .... transportation captain
Jeff Couch .... transportation coordinator
Jeffrey Gowing .... transportation
Travis Hux .... transportation
Buddy Pine .... driver: honeywagon
Albert Samson .... teamster driver
Christy Zeller .... transportation dispatcher
 
Other crew
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Sam Best .... assistant to Mr. Cooper
Butchie Beverly .... location utility
Zoe Bower .... post-production facilities manager
Dottie Buck .... craft service
Arvid Cristina .... production assistant
Michelle Danner .... acting coach
Angel De La Vina .... production assistant
Sid Deleon .... on-set medic
Caitlin Donovan .... assistant: Virginia Madsen
Mary Frances Eglin .... script supervisor
Scott Fahrendorf .... production assistant
George T. Fisk .... cast assistant
Josh Geller .... post production assistant: Kia Jam
John Graber .... first assistant accountant
Brittany Leigh Holtsclaw .... assistant: producer
Ruth Kesler .... production coordinator
Jim Klock .... security consultant
Greg Kupiec .... main title creator
Liz Landers .... key craft service
John Lavis .... set medic
Julie Lopinto .... accounting assistant
Renee Marsella .... production assistant
Rachael Meadow .... assistant production office coordinator
Karen S. Neasi .... product placement
Melody Noel .... stand-in
Slaid Parker .... production assistant
Robert Polgar .... production executive
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator
Russell Steele .... production accountant
Kyle K. Stewart .... attorney
Aaron J. Stone .... set production assistant
Cherie Thibodeaux .... stand-in
Suzanne Tierney .... legal services
Angie Varrecchio .... production assistant
Jason Waggenspack .... production assistant
Katrina Wan .... unit publicist
Dana Warning .... assistant to producer
Anthony Yuse .... set production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Robert Axle" - USA (informal title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language
Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:PG-13 (certificate #45963)
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Robert Axle:Fathers are human too. You know, you put a piece of cake in front of us and that's all can we see.See more »
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52 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
Horrible. You'll feel cheated out of the time you could have spent doing ANYTHING else., 12 October 2011
Author: jmbuehler from United Kingdom

Stupendously dumb movie. Complete waste of time, and pretty cringe-worthy to see Spacey struggling with the weak script, the flat acting and cramped humour.

Most scenes appear blatant and set up with an idiotic take on what should be the structure of a 'fabrication' of a riches-to-ashes meets my-daddy-is my hero tale.

Just watch 'The Pursuit of Happiness' backwards followed by 'Meet the parents', throw in some amateur level editing and Uwe Boll talent for delivering and you get the idea.

Definitely Spacey's worst performance and most certainly one of those titles in which most times you'll be asking yourself 'Oh Kevin, what did you do?'.

If avoidable you really should.

Also, it seems all other (three!) reviews are dupes. Which is why I felt the need to share this.

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