Diminished Capacity


Diminished Capacity (2008)


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


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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 co-star in the feature directorial debut of actor-turned-director Terry Kinney.

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Critic Reviews for Diminished Capacity

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (15)

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

Dec 8, 2008 | Full Review…

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

Jul 16, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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?

Jul 10, 2008 | Rating: C
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A slog through determined wackiness, it's apt to leave audiences cold.

Jul 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 4, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5

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

Jul 4, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Diminished Capacity


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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