Diminished Capacity (2008)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: This low-key comedy about memory loss offers mild pleasures but is too bland to fully resonate.


Movie Info

Author Sherwood Kiraly pens the screenplay adaptation of his own comedic novel concerning a man (Matthew Broderick) who gets amnesia after suffering a blow to the head and the road trip he embarks on with his Alzheimer's-afflicted uncle (Alan Alda) and high-school sweetheart (Virginia Madsen). Convinced that they will make a fortune by selling an ultra-rare baseball card at a high-profile memorabilia show, the trio sets out on the open road in search of adventure. Bobby Cannavale and Lois Smith … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sherwood Kiraly, Doug Bost
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 25, 2008
Runtime:
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Cast


as Rollie

as Charlotte

as Stan

as Dillon

as Mad Dog McClure

as Lee Vivyan

as Belle

as Himself

as Casey Dean

as Wendell

as McCormick

as Lloyd

as Irene Sasso

as Diane McClure

as Customer

as Troy Bannister
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Critic Reviews for Diminished Capacity

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14)

Sherwood Kiraly's slight script only makes this embarrassment of riches seem more embarrassing.

Full Review… | December 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Alda's Hawkeye Pierce charm gives way to something snappish and cagey, while Broderick's fussy stiffness is perfect.

Full Review… | July 16, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Didn't we invent film festivals so we could sequester all the star-studded 'how I spent my summer vacation' indie film projects and keep them out of our arthouses?

Full Review… | July 10, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

The actors look as if they're having a reasonably fine time, but there's no sense of commitment here, no sense that this was a movie that absolutely, passionately had to be made.

July 4, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

A mild pleasure from one end to the other, but not much more.

Full Review… | July 4, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns.

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Diminished Capacity

½

Hilarious movie by Terry Kinney. A good story plot that follows Cooper (Matthew Broderick) who deals with random memory loss due to an injury from a fight. Cooper is a comic editor who tries to regain all that he had previously before the accident. He returns to his hometown to care for his uncle, and meets uo with his childhood sweetheart. They embark on an incredible journey to sell a rare baseball card and a painting. That's where things change, for better or worse. Great cast- Alan Alda, Virginia Madsen, Bobby Cannavale, and Matthew Broderick. Worth seeing.

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