Father of Invention

Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 14, 2011
    50
    Make no mistake, Father of Invention is the hilarious Spacey's show all the way.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 12, 2011
    50
    Colorless exposition and a lack of imagination or wit stall Father of Invention at the starting gate.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Oct 18, 2011
    40
    Spacey is ever the pro, shilling Axle's absurd redemption and countenancing the likes of Johnny Knoxville and John Stamos as if a third Oscar were in the offing. Yet his female costars fare worse, forming an unfortunate collection of dismal, man-dependent stereotypes, from Belle's perma-pouting idealist to Heather Graham's breast-obsessed, sapphic-by-choice ballbuster.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Oct 14, 2011
    40
    Kevin Spacey works heroically to overcome the flaws in Father of Invention, but Trent Cooper's flaky indie does depressingly little to earn its star's commitment.
  5. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Oct 12, 2011
    40
    Comedies don't get much more unfunny than Father of Invention, a lame and somewhat preachy comic take on a father trying to get back into his daughter's good graces.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Oct 12, 2011
    40
    The rather unappealing character of Axel is indulged with every opportunity for redemption, as Spacey is indulged with every opportunity to showboat.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 12, 2011
    38
    There's no spark or humor to the film's situations, just the sense of capable actors trying to make the best of a hopeless situation.
  8. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 13, 2011
    30
    The screenplay, by Mr. Cooper and Jonathan D. Krane, is so sketchy that it feels like a hastily executed first draft.
User Score
1.4

Overwhelming dislike- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Mar 15, 2016
    2
    To make great drama, you need it to be ultimately believable: to do great comedy, you have to make it laugh-out-loud funny, enough that theTo make great drama, you need it to be ultimately believable: to do great comedy, you have to make it laugh-out-loud funny, enough that the unbelievable moments don't matter. Like many films, this opts for a half-in, half-out approach that neither approaches believability, nor humour.
    The 2-dimensional 'angry lesbian' character was kind of amazingly offensive, even to someone as opposed to political correctness as myself, but unfortunately not offensive in an amusing way. Heather Graham can do better.
    And Kevin Spacey doesn't have that over-the-top quality that really lends itself to comedy. He's too restrained, forceful, unendearing.
    You can tell it's trying to go for that quaint, half-comedy thing that The Darjeeling Limited had, but it falls flat. I think this is largely down to Spacey's shtick, which just isn't quaint. And neither is the script...
    Have to admit though.. the emotional kick at the end got to me - as unbelievable as it was, it got to me. That's the magic of cinema, I guess.
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