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Father of Invention (2010)

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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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Trent Cooper

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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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Storyline

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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A World of Ideas. A World of Problems. See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Robert Axle: Phoebe, I think you're terrific, but the tough guy talk... it just sells you short.
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Enjoyable with room for improvement
21 March 2012 | by scoupSee all my reviews

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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