Flash of Genius, directed by Marc Abraham

This movie stars Greg Kinnear as a college professor and father who invents the intermittent wind shield wiper. He takes his prototype to Ford and they proceed to rip off his design and not give him credit. He sues them and every other car company that violated his patents. He has a nervous breakdown, loses his lawyer, and goes on to represent himself in court with the help of his children. This is a “man against the system” docudrama based on the life of inventor Robert Kearns. The actress who plays Lorelei in Gilmore Girls is his wife who stays fairly supportive but eventually leaves him.

This movie probably would not hold the attention of most teens. Too much is cerebral and too little action. It reminded me of a cross between A Beautiful Mind with Russell Crowe and Twelve Angry Men. I don’t think I would have paid to see it in a theater, but it was good for an evening of home video.

Rated PG 13 for some brief bad language, 119 minutes.


About KLevenson

I am Teacher Librarian at Piedmont High School in the San Francisco East Bay. I am a part time reference Librarian I for the San Francisco Public Library. I have a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State and a Teacher Librarian credential in addition to my teaching credential in Science. My first MA was from Harvard in Archaeology. My students teach me something new every time I am with them!
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