Father of Invention

2010 PG-13 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD

Father of Invention

2010 PG-13 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD
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Nearly a decade after a faulty product landed him in prison, an arrogant inventor is determined to restore his reputation and rebuild his fortune. But first, he has to convince his estranged daughter that he's worthy of a second chance.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2:40:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2:40:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby True HD
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this independent comedy follows Kevin Spacey as a disgraced inventor of infomercial goods. There's nothing particularly compelling in the plot to attract younger audiences, although some teens might be interested in seeing MTV star Johnny Knoxville or Joe Jonas' ex Camilla Belle. There are some mature themes in the movie -- about fraud, parent-child relationships, money squandering -- but the sexuality is limited to a couple of kisses and references to lesbian sex and second husbands, and the language is standard PG-13 fare like "a--hole" and "s--t." There aren't too many life lessons to be learned, but on the bright side viewers will be very unlikely to buy anything "as seen on TV" in the near future.

Sexual Content

A couple of kisses and some on-going references to lesbian sex, dating, and a man who's "humping" Robert's ex-wife.


When he's recognized after escaping prison, Axle is chased and beat up by an unhappy customer. In a slapstick sequence, Johnny Knoxville slides into a store display and falls pretty spectacularly. A woman stands on her windowsill and threatens to jump if her daughter doesn't forgive her, but it's played for laughs, not violence.


Regularly used language includes "a--hole," "bulls--t," "s--t," "balls," "dick," "douche," "damn," and "ass."

Social Behavior

One good message of the movie is that it's never too late to reconcile with your family and turn your life around. Audiences will likely think twice about their purchases, particularly for anything "as seen on TV."


A few prominent brands include Apple computers, Rockband 2 video game, and the Subaru Outback.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink at dinner and a reception.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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