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At Theaters: 10/3/2008 On Video: 2/17/2009
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 519997
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Based on the true story of university professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns' decades-long battle with the U.S. automobile industry, Flash of Genius tells the tale of one man whose fight to receive recognition for his ingenuity would come at a heavy price. But this determined engineer refused to be silenced, and he took on the corporate titans in a battle that nobody thought he could win.
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Drama - This is a fact-based drama aimed at older moviegoers. Fans of star Greg Kinnear will be pleased by this big star showcase.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Greg Kinnear GHOST TOWN, BABY MAMA, FEAST OF LOVE
Lauren Graham EVAN ALMIGHTY, BECAUSE I SAID SO, THE PACIFIER
Dermot Mulroney GRACIE, GEORGIA RULE, THE FAMILY STONE
Alan Alda RESURRECTING THE CHAMP, THE AVIATOR
Director: Marc Abraham Directorial Debut
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Before The Production
About The Production
Casting The Film
Design And Locations
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 5 S-words, 3 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Some comic lines and cute kid humor.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good "Flash of Genius" tells this story in faithful and often moving detail. If it has a handicap, it's that Kearns was not a colorful character, more of a very stubborn man with tunnel vision.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average As a story of dogged perseverance at the cost of a personal life, Flash of Genius is compelling stuff. On top of that, we all like to see a rousing tale of a little guy triumphing over a faceless corporate giant. While some scenes deliver, Flash of Genius suffers from an occasional lack of narrative tension.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 63 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
30
High
97%
30+Adults (F)
31
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 63 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! Virtually everyone loved "Flash of Genius." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The Kearns were a typical 1960s Detroit family, trying to live their version of the American Dream. Local college professor Bob (GREG KINNEAR) married schoolteacher Phyllis (LAUREN GRAHAM) and, by their mid-thirties, had six kids who brought them a hectic but satisfying Midwestern existence.

When inveterate tinkerer Bob invents the intermittent windshield wiper—a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world—he is not only proud and thrilled, but the Kearns think they have struck gold. Working with family friend Gil Previck (DERMOT MULRONEY), they develop the revolutionary product and take it to market. But their aspirations are dashed after the automotive giants who embraced Bob's device unceremoniously take his creation and shun the man who imagined it.

Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He turns to attorneys, including Gregory Lawson (ALAN ALDA), to help him fight the seemingly impossible battle…but their approach and willingness to settle leaves Bob with the realization he alone must pursue the justice he needs. He becomes a man obsessed. His conviction is simple: his life's work—or for that matter, anyone's work— should be acknowledged by those who stand to benefit. And while paying the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity, this everyday David will try the unthinkable: to bring Goliath to his knees.

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