The big-screen version of inventor Robert Kearnss legal battles with Ford and Chryslerboth of whom nicked his intermittent windshield wiper without giving him credit, much less paying a centis about as exciting as Kearnss Wikipedia entry. Greg Kinnear, usually kinetic, is unusually (and unbearably) dull in producer turned director Marc Abrahams telling of Kearnss years-long fight to regain his good name, even as Ford finally offers millions to get him to scram. Is Kearns mad or just angry? Hard to say, as the filmmaker and actor cant get a handle on a man obsessed with windshield wipers and the attendant credit thats rightfully his. The movies so even-keeled that even the castincluding Lauren Graham as the tolerant wife who suddenly snaps and then just vanishes altogetherseems to be getting sleepy, sleepy, sleepy as it winds its way toward a courtroom showdown thats more slowdown. You know how itll all endHollywood doesnt make movies in which Goliath trounces David, especially when hes Greg Kinnearso all youre left with are windshield wipers, going back and forth . . . and back and forth . . . and back and forth . . .
Marc AbrahamGreg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney, Alan AldaPhilip Railsback, John SeabrookRoger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Michael LieberUniversal Pictures