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Ingenious (2009)

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A rags-to-riches story of two friends, a small-time inventor and a sharky salesman, who hit rock bottom before coming up with a gizmo that becomes a worldwide phenomenon.

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Jeff Balsmeyer

Writer:

Mike Cram
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dallas Roberts ... Matt
Jeremy Renner ... Sam
Ayelet Zurer ... Gina
Marguerite Moreau ... Cinda
Amanda Anka ... Louisa
Richard Kind ... Newkin
Eddie Jemison ... Bean
Judith Scott ... Rita
Debby Rosenthal Debby Rosenthal ... Brenda
Michael Kagan Michael Kagan ... Mort
Rob Brownstein ... Kent
David Frederick White ... Dave V.O. Talent
Vince Grant ... Randall
François Chau ... Mr. Chow
Melissa Alejandra ... Voice Talent
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Matt and Sam are life-long friends running a funky gift shop while trying to come up with the next genius idea. Matt's recent inventions haven't been all that inventive and Sam's salesman techniques are shaky at best. In need of money, they turn to Matt's girlfriend, Gina. Gina wants to help out but aware of Matt and Sam's gambling problems in the past, and concerned that they have come back, she no longer knows if she can trust him. Even Matt and Sam's friendship is put to the test when they hit rock bottom and try to get normal jobs, but all Matt needs is one bright idea and he might be able to right everything. Written by napierslogs

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It only takes one idea.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snappers See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Arriba See more »
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Louisa: They've got a hot rock massage that'll make you wet and I don't mean sweat.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Written by Howe Gelb
Published by Scatter Land My Little Darlin' (BMI)
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the innovators
29 December 2013 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Jeff Balsmeyer's "Ingenious" focuses on a pair of inventors about whom I had never heard. Dallas Roberts and Jeremy Renner play the friends who are trying to find the next great innovation, a process that isn't without a few challenges. Their great achievement is something that looks as if it would be pretty neat to own. Sometimes when I see movies that look at these topics, it surprises me that I'd never heard of the subject (in this case the kind of bottle opener that they create). Now that I know about it I just might try to go out and find one of those bottle openers. In the meantime I recommend this movie. It's not a masterpiece but still worth seeing.


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