Flash of Genius

 (520)7.01 h 59 min2008PG-13
Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear stars in this inspiring true story about an ordinary man and his extraordinary fight against one of the most powerful corporations in the country.
Directors
Marc Abraham
Starring
Jake AbelAaron AbramsAlan Alda
Genres
Drama
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English [CC]Español
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English
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Tailor, JewelerReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Real Life Story
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As other reviewers have given synopsis's I won't. Greg Kinnear turns in another wonderful performance, IMHO, he's really underrated. Leads a good entertaining movie, good enough to watch again sometime, with a mostly feel good ending.

I say mostly, because I was irked by his faithless, wife, who didn't stand by him when she was most needed. She made me angry. Those of us few spouses who have made it to 45 or 50 years of marriage know that there have been times, sometimes years, dealing with something of a negative nature from our other half, but that's what you sign up for when you say your vows. (Of course not abuse or infidelity.) But some character flaw that over time can drive you crazy. What the ones who bail never get to, is that working it out makes your bond stronger, and when you come up against things you know won't change, you just gotta laugh! Yep! Can't do a thing with 'em! On top of which, she modeled marital failure for 6 kids. That's just freaking great.

So thanks for listening to my rant about what I think was the only flaw in this story. Unfortunately seen all too often.
4 people found this helpful
inlovewithjesusReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, true story
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I just love this movie. I love all true stories about honest, decent people who persevere and fight the good fight. Greg Kinnear is the star who plays the man who invented the intermittent windshield wiper for cars. His invention is stolen by one of the big car companies. He fights to the end to maintain that he indeed was the inventor, though it costs him his marriage, and takes basically his entire life to set things straight. He even ends up being his own lawyer. This guy is one of my heroes! It takes him decades to win his case - but win he does - big time - against all odds and all the while turning down substantial bribes from the car company to shut him up. In all of this, his commitment to justice and righteousness, he is an outstanding role model to his children in perseverance and integrity. Watch this movie!
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Glama PussReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent but...
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I wanted to ask Kearns to do a cross-examination of himself after the Ford atty asked him about his memories. If Kearns had fought for himself then he would have easily shown that the state of his mind on the bus had in fact occurred bc of the lies and paper burials trhown at him. I assume the jury took this under consideration. Right up there with Erin Brockovich and the movie Philadelphia. This a more subtle movie with subtle actors but the theme is always the same, the David and Goliath story.
I wanted Kearns to cross-examine himself after that bus business. A great David & Golith story tho this fil is far more boring and kisch as times.

An even larger mulinational corp Exxon could not stop spilling oil from is Valdez, destroyed thousands of miles of California shoreline, birds, otters. sea life, seahills and more, a huge ecosytem. Exxon had offered 4BILLION earlier and after more time they were found guilty. Meanwhile humans died, many were waiting, hoping something would restore the JUSTICE they so needed and to restore them to their livelihoods, But it was not to be. The UPSHOT; As of December 15, 2009, Exxon had paid the entire $507.5 MILLION in punitive damages, including lawsuit costs, plus interest, which were further distributed to thousands of plaintiffs. And the Upshot: As of December 15, 2009, Exxon had paid the entire $507.5 million in punitive damages, including lawsuit costs, plus interest, which were further distributed to thousands of plaintiffs. Highly recommend.
KarenReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding movie!
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This guy spent years fighting the Ford Motor Company who stole his invention of intermittent windshield wipers! His wife left him due to his incessant, rightful, and courageous need to do the right thing! His wife appeared to be a nice woman, but could not endure the stress of his "do the right thing" nature! He had the bravery, tenacity, and endurance to stand up and fight for what is right. He would not settle, even for millions of dollars offered to him to drop the case. He ended up having to defend himself, and did a fantastic job playing a lawyer! This is a true story with a happy ending of what it means to do the right thing! He wanted to take this all the way to trial even if it meant having to defend himself. Even if it meant losing his wife. He wanted his children to understand the meaning of doing the right thing. Doing the right thing not only helps the person who is doing the right thing, but it also helps the community at large. People like this are usually humanitarians that understand the highest good for all humanity! Unless people stand up to these large Corporations, the Corporations will continue to crap all over the people. Money is their God! They only pretend to care about people, but the bottom line is...MONEY IS THEIR GOD!
I absolutely loved this movie!
D. JohnsonReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie about our legal system.
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Great movie based on a true story about an electrical engineering professor who invented the intermittent windshield wiper and how badly he was treated by the auto company that stole his idea. I like Fords and own a Mustang convertible, so I'm not going to mention the name of the car of the company. He worked for years on his invention, then sued after really being bullied around by them. After several shyster attorneys said they would help him and gave up, he went on as his own lawyer. This whole thing almost destroyed him and his family. His wife couldn't take his obsession and all the stress and divorced him. I worked in the legal system my whole career, and this movie realistically shows just how hard it is for a citizen to navigate our legal system when they are wronged by somebody with money and power. This is a must see for anyone contemplating such a lawsuit. If you liked A Civil Action or like cars, you will probably like this one too.
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CateReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s the Principle of the Thing
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This was about the third time I watched the movie.
The Leading actor (ref: husband and wife) are superb in the movie. I LOVE true stories. The perseverance of the inventor was inspiring. He lost his x because of his perseverance; but, it was the PRINCIPLE of the thing !!! He birthed that “Baby” and he was claiming it. How would someone literally feel if their “spark” moment was stolen by others. Well, trying not to give the story away; but trust me, you will like it.
B. L. SwoverlandReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
He was right, he fought, and he won!
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We first borrowed this from the library and enjoyed it so much we borrowed it again to show to others. It is a fantastic movie because it is a true story about a Ph. D. college professor of engineering who invented an automotive device that today we all take so for granted that we can scarcely think of a car without this device. But, and not all that long ago, no car of any make or of any price had this feature. The inventor was so sure of himself that he made plans to be the sole manufacturer and then supply the auto industry. However, he did not reckon on being double crossed, lied to, and have his invention despite the patent protection he thought he had, stolen by a major auto manufacturer. He sued, went to court, and although a non-lawyer, went up against a bevy of high priced auto industry lawyers and won. Just how he won and what he also lost in the process...well, you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
4 people found this helpful
A. ConklinReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Flash of Genius
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I think Flash of Genius is a good movie that could have been shorter and better. I’m a big Greg Kinnear fan and he is definitely believable and I like non fiction movies and books and I recommend the movie because it’s a good value for the money
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