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Father of Invention Details


An entrepreneur with a world-class ego has to rebuild his empire and his family relationships from scratch in this comedy. Robert Axle (Kevin Spacey) built a multi-million-dollar business out of selling household gadgets through television infomercials, and managed to alienate nearly everyone around him when fame and wealth turned him into an arrogant loudmouth. When one of Axle's products turns out to be dangerous and causes several thousand customers to lose a finger, he loses his fortune and spends eight years in prison for gross negligence. Back on the street, Axle is broke but determined to find a way back to the top, though he's just a bit more humble than he used to be and wants to win back the love of his daughter, Claire (Camilla Belle), whom he neglected as a child, and his ex-wife (Virginia Madsen). Things go badly for Axle on his first day working at a big-box discount store, and he's left with little alternative than to ask Claire to let him stay with her; she and her roommate, Fibbi (Heather Graham), aren't so sure this is a good idea, but they grudgingly agree and end up helping Axle in his bid to redeem himself. Father of Invention also stars Johnny Knoxville, Craig Robinson, and Michael Rosenbaum. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 14, 2011


Kevin Spacey
as Robert Axle
Camilla Belle
as Claire Axle
Heather Graham
as Phoebe
Johnny Knoxville
as Troy Coangelo
John Stamos
as Steven Leslie
Red West
as Sam Bergman
Michael Rosenbaum
as Eddie the Ex
Danny Comden
as Matt James
Jack McGee
as Parole Officer
Craig Robinson
as Jerry King
Virginia Madsen
as Lorraine
Marc Macaulay
as General Store Clerk
Morgan Saylor
as Young Claire (12)
Lara Grice
as Mom in Park
Suehyla El-Attar
as Shop Girl
Julia LaShae
as Lily's Mother
Jason Davis
as Neil
Kristen Shaw
as Bank Teller
Joe Nemmers
as Business Man
Rhoda Griffis
as Penny Camp
Brett Rice
as Howard Camp
Tina Parker
as Steak
Carol Sutton
as Bingo Caller
Tiffany Morgan
as Mother (Infomercial)


Trent Cooper
Kia Jam
Jonathan D. Krane
Dana Brunetti
Kevin Spacey
Jonathan D. Krane
Trent Cooper
Steve Yedlin
Nick Urata
Composer (Music Score)
Mary Ramos
Musical Direction/Supervision
Heather Persons
Joseph T. Garrity
Production Designer
Raymond Pumilia
Art Director
Edwin A. Santos
Associate Producer
Stefan Jacobs
Executive Producer
Gary Raskin
Executive Producer
David Bergstein
Executive Producer
Beau Rogers
Executive Producer
Johanna Argan
Costume Designer
Guy Clayton
Special Effects
Mary Vernieu
Dan Izen
Sound Mixer
Venus Kanani
Melizah Schmidt
Key Hairstylist
Allison Gordin
Key Make-up
Gus Coto
Patti Perret
Still Photographer
Marc Hammer
Production Supervisor
Ben Jensen
Stunts Coordinator
Leslie Shatz
Re-Recording Mixer
Nancy Kirhoffer
Post Production Supervisor
Javier Bennassar
Supervising Sound Editor
Fionagh Cush
Department Head Makeup