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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: Oct. 25 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005CA4SR4

Product Description

Two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey gives one of the most unexpectedly funny performances of his career as Robert Axle, 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 (Camilla Belle), her man-hating roommate (Heather Graham), his boneheaded new employer (Johnny Knoxville), the ex-wife who squandered his fortune (Academy Award® nominee Virginia Madsen of Sideways), and the ruthless executive who took over his company (John Stamos). Can a man who's lost everything devise a way to get back on top? Craig Robinson (''The Office''), Michael Rosenbaum (''Smallville'') and Anna Annisimova co-star in this surprising comedy about fabrications, complications, and the situations people invent to find out who they really are.

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By Sharon Johnson on May 29 2013
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Being a movie collector I am very fussy which I order usually from seeing previews. I enjoy watching the many hours of entertainment.
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Amazon.com: 63 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not bad... Oct. 25 2011
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Yes, I realize "not bad," is lukewarm praise at best, but it's fitting. This is a sweet little movie that probably could've been more but it's certainly better than lots of other movies that have received much more media attention and hype. I didn't even know this movie existed until it was made available through the Vine Program and that says more about the hype machine than it does about the quality of this movie.
The cast is good, particularly Spacey (pretty much in every frame of the movie) and Heather Graham, as a woman dealing with her self-esteem issues. Spacey's daughter Claire is flatly portrayed by Camilla Belle and Craig Robinson and Virginia Madsen play cliches, but they are both talented enough to add just enough to elevate their characters above their weakly written roles.
There is a sweetness in Spacey's huckster character Robert Axle, and the movie is less about satirizing the infomercial business (how can you satirize something that is funnier than any satire of it could ever be?) than it is about the fragility of relationships. Sure, most of what is said and done in Father of Invetion is unoriginal, but that doesn't mean it won't bring a smile to your face and keep your interest for the ninety minutes it takes.
My recommendation is to wait until it gets into the budget bin and pick it up.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable movie that is very funny. The movie succedes mostly because of the actors, who are all good. I say B. Oct. 16 2011
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"Haven't you ruined enough peoples lives?" Robert Axel (Spacey) is the world's greatest "fabricator". Combining two ideas into one new one makes him millions. When one idea, the "ab-clicker" (an ab machine/TV remote) breaks peoples fingers he is found liable and is sent to prison. After serving 8 years he is released and moves in with his daughter and two roommates. Kevin Spacey has started to make a living playing offbeat, somewhat eccentric characters that have to build themselves back up. While this performance is not quite as good as "Casino Jack" it is still very good, and the movie is too. A very funny and enjoyable movie to watch. While not very original it is still very entertaining and Spacey's interaction with the other characters is what makes the movie. The supporting cast which includes Heather Graham, Johnny Knoxville and Craig Robinson are great and while the movie is a rehash of many other movies the acting and dialog make this well worth watching. Overall, a very entertaining movie that is only that way because of the cast. I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I don't know if I would.

*Also try - Casino Jack & Extract
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not bad Nov. 11 2011
By dangerboybb - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always liked Kevin Spacey, and I thought it was a good movie. Guy that invents things, loses his shirt and ends up doing time, due to a dangerous product he marketed. The main story is about him trying to get back in the game after prison, and trying to have a relationship with his daughter, and ends up realizing he was never there for her before, and tries to change that. I enjoyed it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lacking Something Despite Kevin Spacey Nov. 12 2011
By Richard The Buying Hearted - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product
It's hard to watch an Academy Award winner struggle to pull together a satire that just doesn't ever fire on all cylinders. This movie was mildly amusing and some of the characterizations would be worth it to the actors' fans.
But overall I can't really recommend it as good entertainment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I expected this to be much better Dec 10 2011
By Sandy Kay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This had all the makings of a really entertaining and funny movie but somehow it just missed the mark. It's not completely awful, but it's just OK when it should have been much better.

The cast is promising. Kevin Spacey is a great actor and there's also Virginia Madsen and several other familiar actors. And the premise of an infomercial guru (Robert Axle, played by Kevin Spacey) who lost everything when he went to prison and now is out and wants to start over sounded good. So I think that leaves the script as the issue. It seems like the writer/director couldn't started the movie as a spoof on informercials and then decided to throw in a little family reconciliation drama. With elements of both types in the same movie, it doesn't work very well for either one.

The issues with this movie that keep it merely OK are pretty subtle. The stuff that was supposed to be funny didn't make me laugh much and the stuff that was supposed to make me care about the characters often just confused me. There was a scene with Kevin Spacey's character playing at the park with a little boy (that never would have happened given how shady he still looked at the time) that seemed really random. Now that I think about it, I realize how it was supposed to fit in, but the director never really connected the dots.

A lot of the characters never got beyond cariactures so you don't get any kind of deep feel for them. And Kevin Spacey's character flip-flopped between understanding how much people hated him and being completely oblivious. That character wasn't particularly likeable so it was hard to root for him to succeed, either in business or with his relationship with his daughter. And the angry roommate's character (played by Heather Graham) was all over the place and ended up just confusing me.

But the movie wasn't terrible either. It just missed good and ended up at OK.

If you want a movie that will make you laugh and also care about the father character when he realizes his striving for professional success has costs to his family, I suggest Win Win Win. That movie has everything this movie is missing.

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