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Father of Invention (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 3 November 2011 (Russia)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Karen Kaia Livers ... Maria (as Karen Livers)
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Robert Axle, an eccentric inventor turned ego maniacal infomercial guru, loses it all when one of his inventions maims thousands of customers. After 8 years in maximum security prison, Robert is ready to redeem his name and rebuild his billion dollar empire. But first, he must convince his estranged 22-year-old daughter to let him live with her and her quirky, over-protective roommates. Written by Stephanie Caswell

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2011 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Daddy's Home See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Troy Coangelo: I blew my knee out on their nickel. Not a card, not a "Hey, Troy, how's your leg?" I've been assistant GM for three years and you know what? There's no GM. I'm the guy. They just don't want to give me the title and have to shell out an extra $1631 a year.
Robert Axle: Where are you going with this, Troy?
Troy Coangelo: Shame on you.
Robert Axle: Shame on me?
Troy Coangelo: Not you... Family Mart.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.13 (2011) See more »

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How does this happen?
20 January 2012 | by William_Henry_PrattSee all my reviews

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 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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