Kevin Spacey Starring in New Indie Comedy Not as Exciting as It Would Be in 1999

April 1, 2009


In the years since the impressive acting streak of The Usual Suspects, Se7en, L.A. Confidential, and American Beauty, Kevin Spacey has done very little to continue deserving the praise I bestowed upon him in high school, "Like everything this dude is in rules." I mean, the actor has had his share of respectable roles, but now they're consistently balanced with enough K-Paxes, 21's, Lives of David Gales, and showy song performances that, for me at least, he's lost a lot of his late '90s "everything this dude is in rules" cred. Needless to say, I'm genuinely wishing the best for this new indie comedy he's producing and starring in, except one element sort of worries me:

Kevin Spacey will star in and produce the indie comedy "Father of Invention." Trent Cooper ("Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector") will direct from a script he penned with Jonathan Krane and Nichole Beattie.

Story centers on a humble inventor-turned-egomaniacal billionaire who loses it all when one of his inventions goes horribly awry. After eight years in federal prison, he returns bankrupt, homeless and determined to rebuild his reputation and fortune.

Did you catch the part where it says the director of Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector is involved? That's the part I was talking about. That's the yikes moment. I realize everyone has to make a living as they work their way up the ladder, and it was probably impossible for any director to make a Larry Cable Guy movie watchable, but phew, that is a blemish on the record. Trent Cooper is not the car I'd pick to drive me to success town.

Kevin Spacey parents 'Father' film [Variety]

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