Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday's Movie-Flash of Genius

A Novel Menagerie asks us to post about a movie that you watched the week before. We usually watch quite a few movies over the weekend and it is sometimes difficult to only discuss one.

One movie that we watched this weekend and really enjoyed was Flash of Genius.

Here are some of the details from the film:

Genre: Drama

Starring: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney

Runtime: 1 hr, 59 mn

MPAA Rating: PG13

Here is a synopsis of the film from the MSN Movie website:

Greg Kinnear stars in director Marc Abraham's man-against-the-system docudrama Flash of Genius as inventor Robert Kearns, the visionary who developed the modern intermittent windshield wiper. Kearns submitted the invention to each of the big three auto companies, each of which promptly rejected it; the companies then turned around and put the device to use. The enraged inventor spent several decades attempting to collect on his patent, and mounting lawsuits that traveled all the way to the Supreme Court; he eventually collected over 30 million dollars for his obsession. Abraham co-authored the script with Scott Frank and Phillip Railsback, adapting an article by John Seabrook that originally appeared in The New Yorker. Dermot Mulroney plays Kinnear's best friend, with Lauren Graham rounding out the supporting cast. ~ Nathan Southern, All Movie Guide

My Movie Thoughts:

I love a movie that is based on a true story and this one did not disappoint. I enjoyed watching the birth of the new invention that was created, followed by the dreams and plans that this man's family made as they were counting on this product to take off in the marketplace. Little does Kearn's know that his dreams will be stripped away by the greed of large corporations. This was very heartbreaking to watch, as Kearn's dreams are shattered he loses focus of everything in his life except for his invention. His obsession costs him his marriage, family, and his mental health. After years of trying to gain recognition for his invention the court system finally goes full circle and the big corporations can no longer avoid the inevitable. As Kearn's fight is nearing the end, his family is back to support him realizing that his journey is more than a pipe dream. I really don't want to give too much more of this movie away, except that it was an excellent vision of one man's fight for the American Dream. My family enjoyed this movie and I am going to rate this one 4 out of 5 bags of popcorn.


ANovelMenagerie said...

4 out of 5 isn't bad... sounds like you liked it!

Michele said...

With two small kids, I never get to see movies, but I admit to really wanting to see this one!

Anonymous said...

I'd not heard of this one, but I love the 3 actors in it and the story. Thanks for the recommendation!

mrsshukra said...

Recently watched this film as well! I would recommend it, too!

bermudaonion said...

I wondered how this movie was - I think this is the first review I've read of it.

Ti said...

I've never heard of this one but I LOVE Greg Kinnear!

Dennis Kearns said...

My Dad, Robert Kearns, worked on the film for about 5 years before his death. Greg never got a opportunity to meet him, but did a magnificent job of becoming him.

Perhaps more would have seen this movie in the US had it not come out just as the Automotive Industry started whining about about their inability to manage their businesses without Billions of OUR dollars?

I'm proud to have been a consultant on the movie and to have participated in the reality.

Bob Kearns won 5 jury trials against some of the biggest corporations in the world. It was what he had learned in school,
it was what he as an engineering professor taught.
Patents were granted to protect the inventors rights.

Perhaps his idealism was from his Jesuit training at the University of Detroit.

His U.S. Marine Corps training taught him when a bully picks a fight you don't back down. No matter the odds.

As for the other players:

The law firm that started the suits on our behalf was allowed to represented Chrysler against us?

The Federal Judge Avern Cohn who had presided over the case and his former silk-stocking law partners along with Henry Ford II's friend Max Fisher, were estimated to have made a 2000% profit on the sale of property for Chrysler's World Headquarters (Detroit: Race and Uneven Development 1990)

Dennis Kearns

Carrie K. said...

I have this on my Netflix queue - looking forward to watching it.

Jess said...

Sounds like a great movie -- thanks for the review.

Jo-Jo said...

Dennis: Thank you for stopping by and providing some additional information about your dad's story! He really had quite an amazing journey and battle with these companies. As I was pondering this movie(which good movies always have me pondering long after I watch them) I thought that the politics probably had something to do with the fact that there wasn't much advertisement about it. I am definitely suggesting this one to all of my friends. You must be very proud of what your father accomplished!

oracle said...

It was great to see Greg Kinnear in another flawless performance; here as Dr. Bob Kearns, inventor and professor. To me, I think of Mr. Kinnear as sort of the cocker spaniel of American actors. Perfectly companionable for just about everyone. This is nice movie and i know very well that some guys want to watch this movie so i can help you. you can download flash of genius movie from here.

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