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12 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

An enjoyable movie that is very funny. The movie succeeds mostly because of the actors, who are all good. I say B.

Author: Tony Heck (cosmo_tiger@hotmail.com) from United States
16 October 2011

"Haven't you ruined enough peoples lives?" Robert Axel (Spacey) is the world's greatest "fabricator". Combining two ideas into one new one makes him millions. When one idea, the "ab-clicker" (an ab machine/TV remote) breaks peoples fingers he is found liable and is sent to prison. After serving 8 years he is released and moves in with his daughter and two roommates. Kevin Spacey has started to make a living playing offbeat, somewhat eccentric characters that have to build themselves back up. While this performance is not quite as good as "Casino Jack" it is still very good, and the movie is too. A very funny and enjoyable movie to watch. While not very original it is still very entertaining and Spacey's interaction with the other characters is what makes the movie. The supporting cast which includes Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville and Craig Robinson are great and while the movie is a rehash of many other movies the acting and dialog make this well worth watching. Overall, a very entertaining movie that is only that way because of the cast. I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I don't know if I would.

*Also try - Casino Jack & Extract

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14 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

How does this happen?

1/10
Author: William_Henry_Pratt from Earth
20 January 2012

Do cardiologists operate without having spent a second in Medical School? Do Engineers build bridges without first knowing something about mathematics and physics? Then how the hell did this guy get away with writing and directing this dreck? Because in Hollywood these days it doesn't matter whether you know your craft just be a good friend to someone who can pull a movie together. Zanuck, Mayer, Laemmle, the brothers Warner are all rotating in their respective graves at a very high velocity.

First for a comedy the camera is way too close and many times the geography is all out of whack. It has that poorly lit video sheen. Appears to have been shot at 29.97.

The actors give it their best but the script is such a ludicrous and absurd mess they can not be saved. Plus the dialogue feels lifted right out of the world's worst film school short. There is no drama or comedy. Everything becomes one unfocused forced blob. It appears they may have shot the first draft of the script.

Direction was non existent(maybe spent way too much time at the craft service table) and I've seen monkeys edit better motion pictures, but considering the footage may not be the editor's fault.

The best thing about this was the subtitles and goofed on this film. At times realizing the picture was so awful they just placed gibberish in place of the dialogue.

A total waste of a germ of what may have been a good idea and a very, very talented cast.

It's so sad...

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Nothing wrong with this movie.

Author: Mr Black from The First row
9 July 2016

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Wow, all the negative reviews on here babbling on and on about 'direction' and 'script' and so on, from a bunch of armchair quarterback directors. Most of these people have no background in film, for sure. It's not an easy thing to make a movie but certainly is easy to watch it in your living room and then look up a glossary of movie terms so you can slay it in the reviews. I like this film. It's not an epic, but it's not supposed to be. Good performances all around. A little humor and something to think about. Decently paced. I enjoyed it. Kevin Spacey is, as always, really good. Virginia Madsen, as always, was really good. The rest of the cast also did a great job.

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Nice movie. enjoyed it

10/10
Author: ismsons-910-411623
10 April 2014

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It is a movie that you can watch with your family. characters are well thought out. and you enjoy watching it. Kevin Spacey is as usual great and can make you smile several times. Main zest of the story is more than focused on invention. But is a love affair. it was a good time spent. Hollywood should come out with more movies with some character in it . Also i think these movies deserve more popularity then less material movies get now a days. For those who are criticizing this movie they must understand that the story has to fit in 2 hours so you cannot be entirely practical. it is a must watch for all. more of these kind of movies will make viewers more caring about their family .

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Father of Invention-Creativeness? **1/2

6/10
Author: edwagreen from United States
29 February 2012

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Much of the film drags along until released prisoner, Kevin Spacey, who went off to jail for 8 years for an invention that maimed people, begins to affect the lives of his estranged daughter and her friends with whom he has gone to live with.

Spacey is destined to be a failure at anything despite his creativeness because of the fact that he is so wound up with his inventive nature, he neglects everyone and everything else. This has been a time honored theme in films, but as stated, the film just plods along until the realization aspect comes about.

Often comic and touching at times, better writing was needed for mid-film.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The Brother-in-Law of Inventions

3/10
Author: dennis from the Bay Area
25 August 2013

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This movie is not very believable. A man markets a product that can mutilate people if it is not used correctly. When you see what a man has to do to injure himself with it, Hmm, hard to imagine. After a few people mutilated themselves, you might assume that the news would get around (but, apparently it doesn't).

The president of the company goes to jail (for Gross Negligence, not a crime in any state I know), and gets a parole after 8 years. He loses every nickel of his 100s of Millions in court judgments (apparently, he never had the wherewithal to hire a bankruptcy attorney, which would have left him something). No one else is affected at all (including his fellow workers, one of whom is a billionaire because of the ex-president). His wife gets to keep $362 Million (what US state is she living in, where that could happen?).

Now, 8 years later, his now-ex-wife has re-married, AND spent her entire $362 Million (with nothing to show for it). OK. His ex and his daughter won't give him even a few minutes of conversation, just belittle him and tell him to leave.

Anyway, the plot flounders around with weird stories about people in his new life, including, a woman who claims to be a lesbian, but just broke up with a boyfriend, and has the hots for the ex-president, and is pretty angry when he spurns her sexual advances.

The finale is after he starts marketing his new million-dollar product. So, a man markets many infomercial-quality products, goes to jail, and ends marketing a new infomercial-quality product. I was hoping that he would have changed his attitude during the movie.

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Enjoyable with room for improvement

5/10
Author: scoup from United States
21 March 2012

This film starts off well but the deteriorates about halfway through and falls flat into a clichéd ending.

Kevin Spacey was good and I appreciated his humorous performance and physical comedy. Camilla Belle was OK, but bordering on mannequin performance (I have liked her in other movies though). She also needs to gain a little weight. At one point I was distracted by some weirdness in her face - please tell me she did not get botox at her age. Speaking of botox, the other roommate needs to stop with her injections because she looks freakish; she seems pretty otherwise but not a great actress. Heather Graham was OK but her character was one dimensional and not engaging.

Johnny Knoxville had some good moments but in a couple shots he looks old and tired. One of the funniest moments if not the funniest moment was Michael Rosenbaum as the ex-boyfriend - WHY was there not more of him??? He can do comedy.

Virginia Madsen as the ex-wife was annoying and vapid leaving no reason the viewer would want to care about her in the least. You just want to punch her in the face for squandering $200 million dollars (?) in ten years and having NO money for her daughter at all??? Waste product. It would have been more realistic if the daughter did not connect with her instead of her father. Craig Robinson held his own.

The plot is initially interesting and loaded with potential but poor scripting and character inconsistencies bog this storyline.

Ending - no climax and a letdown...

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Unless you hate infomercials...wait, you know what? It's still not for you.

Author: beta_crysta from Canada
23 October 2011

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Kevin Spacey is about the only thing good in this film. To be quite honest the 1st hour of this entire film felt like a revenge fantasy fulfilment movie. It feels as if the film makers was wronged by some infomercial product supplier and couldn't find any outlet for their anger, so they decided to make a film where their imagined villain who were only partially at fault, and instead of being punished realistically and logically, he was punished with the only way the film producers saw fit: jailed, screwed over by family, and beat up by every dumb ass who can't read instructions properly. Other than that, the characters' reactions to everything seemed inhuman, the script felt forced, and Kevin Spacey, being the only sane human being in the film, acted as if he was transported to some unknown universe and had to live with whatever problems thrown his way. The cinematography was kind of nice though.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Wanted to like, really I did...

Author: jjohnson2400 from Seattle, WA
25 February 2014

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First, I like Kevin Spacey a lot. He's a fine actor. And I like Camilla Belle a lot.

But really, Hollywood, please get over everything has to be gay. It is beyond ridiculous and turns a potentially fun movie into yet another propaganda piece for a bizarre cause that no one cares about.

98% of us are not gay, don't want to be gay. Leave us alone and stop pushing your absurd agenda on us.

Really, so she didn't want to invite her father to her art show because he might offend a buyer but then she invites her uber-feminist lesbian roommate who blurts out to the first customer she finds: "I'm a lesbian!" Really? Really? This is just utter stupidity on the most basic level.

These producers/directors should be fired and then flogged, or maybe flogged and then fired.

They are just stupid people.

And this is a stupid movie.

Had potential. Ruined.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Worth watching but I wouldn't recommend it

7/10
Author: DodicoReviews from Canada
18 February 2014

The movie was so so, It falls short due to the fact that the movie is based on fictional product inventions and with that said, great inventions can't come out of this movie. Otherwise someone would patent the idea and make it an actual product right?

The inventions fall short for obvious reasons and that's expected. They handled it best they could by providing "fabrications" as apposed to actual inventions.

Lack of creativity in the invention ideas is where this movie falls short, as the inventions are driving this movie and steering it in directions that wasn't very enjoyable.

Worth watching but I wouldn't recommend it.

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