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Father Of Invention

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Infomercials and wacky inventions have brought Robert Axle incomparable fame, fortune – and an ego to go with it. When a glitch in the implementation of one of his inventions leads to a resounding flop the infomercial guru and inventor suddenly finds himself bereft of all he holds dear: his family, his wealth and his status. Sued by his unhappy customers, his empire crumbles and he is sent to prison, a broken man.
After eight years in a remote maximum security prison – for nothing less will do for misjudged geniuses such as Robert Axle – he feels ready to redeem his name and rebuild his lost empire. At least this is our wrong-footed hero’s plan. But first of all, this ex-convict has to convince his twenty-year-old daughter and her quirky, protective roommates to let him live with them in their apartment. Robert Axle has a long road ahead; it is a path that only he can conquer.
Trent Cooper already delighted American audiences with his debut film LARRY THE CABLE GUY: HEALTH INSPECTOR. The surprise hit of 2006, the film’s box office earnings exceeded its production costs almost twenty-fold. Picking up on the style of his recently successful work, Cooper’s new comedy FATHER OF INVENTION adds another chapter to the story of the American dream.

USA 2009, 94 min


Trent Cooper


Kevin Spacey
Camilla Belle
Heather Graham
Johnny Knoxville
Virginia Madsen