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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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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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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

Robert Axle: All right, tell me something about yourself besides the fact that you're an angry lesbian.
Phoebe: That's all I got.
Robert Axle: I got that part. Something else.
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.13 (2011) See more »

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Cha Cha Cha
written by David Lindup
courtesy of APM Music
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Horrible. You'll feel cheated out of the time you could have spent doing ANYTHING else.
12 October 2011 | by jmbuehlerSee all my reviews

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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