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  • Summary: Robert Axle is an arrogant infomercial mogul whose empire collapses after one of his products maims thousands of consumers. After 8 years in prison, he tries to rebuild his fortune, but must first reconnect with his estranged daughter, her man-hating roommate, his boneheaded new employer, the ex-wife who squandered his fortune, and the ruthless executive who took over his company. Can a man who’s lost everything devise a way to get back on top? (Anchor Bay Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 14, 2011
    Make no mistake, Father of Invention is the hilarious Spacey's show all the way.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 12, 2011
    Colorless exposition and a lack of imagination or wit stall Father of Invention at the starting gate.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Oct 12, 2011
    The rather unappealing character of Axel is indulged with every opportunity for redemption, as Spacey is indulged with every opportunity to showboat.
  4. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Oct 12, 2011
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Oct 18, 2011
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 12, 2011
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 13, 2011
    The screenplay, by Mr. Cooper and Jonathan D. Krane, is so sketchy that it feels like a hastily executed first draft.

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