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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.
Why Is Flash of Genius Rated PG-13?
Flash of Genius is rated PG-13 for brief strong language.
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This story of a frustrated inventor received a PG-13 rating from the US MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), likely because of its inclusion of one sexual expletive, repeated scatological and mild profanities, as well as repeated uses of terms of Deity as expletives. Other content is limited to some brief, mild sexual discussion between a husband and wife and a startling moment when the head from a cadaver is shown. A man steals a part from under the hood of a person’s car. Many secondary characters smoke cigarettes in this period film. Social drinking is also portrayed. A man suffers from a mental breakdown and is seen taking prescription medications.
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Tucker: The Man and His Dream retells the true story of another inventor who hits major obstacles and lawsuits when he pits his unique car designs against Detroit’s Big Three auto manufacturers. In Something the Lord Made, a lab assistant struggles for recognition and racial equality as he works with a highly regarded doctor to open the medical frontier of cardiac surgery. (This made-for-TV movie is also based on a real account).
Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Details on home video releases of Flash of Genius...
Flash of Genius blinks onto DVD with an audio commentary by director Marc Abraham, and deleted scenes (with an optional director’s commentary). The movie is presented in widescreen, with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English and Spanish) and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.