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Father of Invention trailer

FatherofInvention.jpgKevin Spacey is one hell of a talent, but sometimes he does choose some strange films, and Father of Invention looks like one of those stranger choices. You'd think for a man who is running the Old Vic theatre in London that he'd be looking for more weighty projects, but not so, he's doing comedy.

The film stars Spacey, Heather Graham, Virginia Madsen, Johnny Knoxville, Camilla Belle, John Stamos, Michael Rosenbaum and Craig Robinson, and is co-written and directed by Trent Cooper. It's a silly story, but also a life affirming one, as they say stateside.

Kevin Spacey plays an inventor at the top of his game, well he's reached the pinnacle of infomercial fame and has become rich from it, in fact there's a gorgeous Gull Wing featured in the trailer and even though it's in heresy red, it still looks gorgeous, as do Heather Graham and Virginia Madsen...wait, I'm all over the place.

Here's the blurb for the film while I get myself back on track:

Millionaire infomercial guru, Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey) loses everything when one of his inventions has a design flaw that accidentally chops off the fingers of thousands of customers. After serving eight years in prison, a disgraced Axle is released, and ready to redeem his name and rebuild his empire with a new innovation. However, Axle's ex-wife (Virginia Madsen) has spent all of his money and moved into his house with her new husband (Craig Robinson). Out of desperation, he finds a part-time job as a janitor, and is forced to move in with his estranged daughter (Camilla Belle) and her over-protective roommates. Despite these setbacks he is determined to pitch his newest gadget and rebuild his infomercial empire. But the world has changed in the last decade, and Axle finds himself out of step with current technology, his family, and the self-confidence that made him king of the infomercials in the past. With all his wheels spinning, Axle soon realizes before he can be successful with his new creation, first he must reinvent himself.

There's your story. What I like about the trailer is the fact that he's coming up with ideas that have already been invented because he's been out of the real world for so long - although I thought they had PlayStations, cable, and everything they needed in prison these days, including hairdressers.

Still I think it's going to go the usual route, while the trailer is setting up all the comedy, we're surely going to see him come up with an idea that will redeem himself and get everything back that he wanted, but only after realising what's important in life and becoming a better father and husband.

Here's the trailer for Father of Invention:

Kevin Spacey and Johnny Knoxville in the same film, who would have thought.



You'd think for a man who is running the Old Vic theatre in London that he'd be looking for more weighty projects, but not so, he's doing comedy.

I had to laugh at this. Again so true! Have you seen him Horrible Bosses yet?

He probably needs something light to do as at the moment he is playing the lead role in Richard III which is hard core serious and physically demanding. He was excellent in it too!

Good point Simone. It's so easy to forget how much actors are doing on stage as well as on screen these days. There's much more of a movement from film to television to stage than there was, but for an actor of the caliber of Spacey it's not something new.

Doing the dramatic on stage and the comedy on screen is probably a great balance for him just now.

I've not seen Horrible Bosses, really I've no desire to. Have you?

I havent seen it yet, I might just wait till it's released on DVD.


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