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Ingenious (2009)

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A rags-to-riches story of two friends, a small-time inventor and a sharky salesman, who hit rock bottom before coming up with a gizmo that becomes a worldwide phenomenon.

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Jeff Balsmeyer

Writer:

Mike Cram
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dallas Roberts ... Matt
Jeremy Renner ... Sam
Ayelet Zurer ... Gina
Marguerite Moreau ... Cinda
Amanda Anka ... Louisa
Richard Kind ... Newkin
Eddie Jemison ... Bean
Judith Scott ... Rita
Debby Rosenthal Debby Rosenthal ... Brenda
Michael Kagan Michael Kagan ... Mort
Rob Brownstein ... Kent
David Frederick White ... Dave V.O. Talent
Vince Grant ... Randall
François Chau ... Mr. Chow
Melissa Alejandra ... Voice Talent
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Matt and Sam are life-long friends running a funky gift shop while trying to come up with the next genius idea. Matt's recent inventions haven't been all that inventive and Sam's salesman techniques are shaky at best. In need of money, they turn to Matt's girlfriend, Gina. Gina wants to help out but aware of Matt and Sam's gambling problems in the past, and concerned that they have come back, she no longer knows if she can trust him. Even Matt and Sam's friendship is put to the test when they hit rock bottom and try to get normal jobs, but all Matt needs is one bright idea and he might be able to right everything. Written by napierslogs

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It only takes one idea.

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snappers See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Quotes

Matt: A guy in a bar told me once; if you wonder what God thinks about money, look at who he gives it to.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Blood Orange
Performed by Howe Gelb and A Band of Gypsies
Recorded on Fernando Vacas' roof, Cordoba
Written by Howe Gelb
Published by Scatter Land My Little Darlin' (BMI)
Produced by Fernando Vacas & Howe Gelb
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A fun look at chasing "the spark"
31 August 2012 | by sethwebsterSee all my reviews

I saw "Ingenious," a fun movie made right here in Tucson, starring Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker, The Town, Bourne Legacy) and Dallas Roberts (3:10 to Yuma, the Grey, Shrink) and Ayelet Zurer (Munich, Man of Steel) about the challenges of breaking the big idea. It's a fun look at the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, and interpersonal dynamics as the quest for "the one" idea that wins, takes its toll.

Dallas Roberts delivers a convincingly conflicted performance, as "Matt," he struggles to satisfy his need to be creative, inventive and ingenious, and desperately loyal to his old friend, Sam, while his marriage is strained by these very traits. Matt's wife, Gina (Ayelet Zurer), is played with an earnestness that draws you in immediately. The two have great chemistry and deliver the key tension that drives the arc of Matt's story of growth.

Jeremy Renner's performance is authentic, and suffice it to say that you really feel for him and his inability to get out of his own way.

I had a chance to meet some of the production team, including local Tucson producer Timothy E. Flood who did an *amazing* job capturing Tucson in this film. It's great to see the landmarks so faithfully captured.


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