Flash of Genius (2008)

“This is justice, Bob. This is how justice is dispensed in this country – with checkbooks. There are no brass bands, you know, there are no ticker tape parades, the mayor doesn’t give you the key to the city and call you a hero. You get a check, and that check makes the lives of you and your family a little easier… a little more pleasant. It’s that simple.” – Gregory Lawson

Number of Times Seen – Twice (25 Oct 2010 and 6 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of the inventor of the modern day windshield wiper and how he fought the Car companies after his idea was stolen by them.

My Take on it – Fascinating premise that works quite well.

Greg Kinnear is great in the lead role and really makes us understand the obsession of his character in trying to prove his integrity within a very conflicting world.

The film allows us to see the wear and tear that this prolonged court case had on his family because of his yearning to prove that his idea was stolen by so many others who were not willing to give him the credit that he felt he truly deserved.

The court room scenes are done ell and they even are able to inject some comedy into this story when he calls himself as a witness which helps ensue a very comical rendition of his questioning himself on the stand.

The film is a bit too long for its own good and there are a few scenes along the way that drag a bit and probably should have been edited down somewhat.

Besides Kinnear, the film has a great supporting cast including Lauren Graham, Alan Alda and Dermot Mulroney who all help make things feel even more genuine and realistic by the way they all act in the given situations.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kearns received many offers from Hollywood for his story over the years but he rejected them all as he didn’t trust anyone enough to tell his story properly. Eventually he was won over by Marc Abraham’s passion and his promise to keep to the facts as much as possible. The family provided documentation, photographs, home movies and anecdotes, while eldest son Dennis – now a lawyer – represented the family’s interests. All in all, the process of getting the Kearns story up onto the big screen took 9 years. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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