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Still shot from the movie: Flash of Genius.

Flash of Genius

Based on a true story, Flash of Genius recounts the experiences of Robert Kearns (played by Greg Kinnear), a college professor who invents an intermittent windshield wiper. Although he is unsuccessful at selling his patented technology, he soon discovers his work has been incorporated into new models of cars. Convinced he has been robbed of the credit and financial rewards of his work, he launches a lawsuit against the U.S. automotive industry. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 119
Theater Release: 02 Oct 2008
Video Release: 17 Feb 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Is justice always worth pursuing? Aside from money, what other ways did Bob Kearns pay for his quest in this film? How do we know when the costs may outweigh the rewards? What role does forgiveness play in such cases? On the other hand, if Bob Kearns had not stood up for his principles, how might that have impacted the situation for other private inventors?

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