Flash of Genius on DVD – In the Slow Lane for Kids

Flash of Genius” is new period film covering an ugly moment in the history of the U.S. auto industry.   It premiered in theaters in 2008, and comes out on DVD later this month.  As part of our new feature for designated conservative parents, movie reviews for kids by kids, we offer the following review of “Flash of Genius” authored by a crack team of under-18-year-olds:

FLASH OF GENIUS is a new movie about justice.  Dr. Bob Kearns (Greg Kinnear) invented an intermittent windshield wiper that he tried to sell to the Ford Motor Company.  Although Ford wanted this new and improved windshield wiper, they didn’t want to purchase it from him so they stole it

Dr. Kearns spent a great deal of time and energy trying to get Ford to return his invention.  It amazes us how dedicated Dr. Kearns was at righting the wrong that was done to him.

When Ford came to Dr. Kearns and offered him money to keep him quiet, he said that he didn’t want their money.  He only wanted their money if they admitted to the public that the new windshield wiper was his invention. 

At first his family supported him in his choice, but when it started to get more and more complicated and less possible that he would succeed his family stopped supporting him.    

This movie was very long, and it felt like it went on forever.  We think that the director did this on purpose, to show us how slow those years in Dr. Kearns’ life must have seemed to him.  Still, the pace of the movie was just too slow.

As a side note, we found it hard to believe in the character of “Mom” because we are used to seeing the actress (Lauren Graham) play other happier and funnier roles. 

This movie is different from most movies that we go to see.  It isn’t action-packed or fun-filled.  It is a movie about a real person with real problems; we like this about it.

The story is interesting, but because the editor didn’t do a good job of editing the movie, we were bored about half way through and didn’t enjoy it as much as we would have liked. 

On a scale of one (worst) to five (best) we give this movie 3 1/2 sodas.  

Ratings Note:  “Flash of Genius” is rated PG-13 because of some brief but strong language.

Second Opinion:  Ford’s view of this history is significantly different than that of the filmmakers, as one would expect.  More about Ford’s side of the story can be found by clicking here.

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