Flash of Genius Poster

Release Date: October 3rd, 2008

DVD Release Date: February 17th, 2009

PG-13|2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary
When college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) develops an intermittent windshield wiper, he believes he, his wife (Lauren Graham) and their children will be set for life. Though the invention is a big hit with automakers in 1960s Detroit, Kearns finds himself forced out of the picture. Determined to collect the recognition and financial reward due him, he wages an arduous legal battle with the auto industry.

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney, Jake Abel, Daniel Roebuck, Tim Kelleher, Bill Smitrovich, Alan Alda

Director: Marc Abraham

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Strike Entertainment, Barber-Birnbaum

Distributors: Universal Studios

Keywords: 1960s, Wife, Offbeat, Underdog, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Mr. Kinnear is fine; he's an actor we always like, and he gives a skillful, heartfelt performance. The problem is the material -- dramatic in the describing but painfully predictable in the telling. show more

  • It's also solidly constructed throughout and the acting is impeccable. The problem is that it just lumbers along for two solid hours, never rising to any significant emotional or philosophical heights. show more

  • Kinnear does what he's done in the past: You underestimate the guy's acting chops, and suddenly, strikingly, he floors you. show more

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