Diminished Capacity (2008)

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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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NR
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Comedy
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Cast

Alan Alda
as Rollie
Virginia Madsen
as Charlotte
Louis C.K.
as Stan
Jimmy Bennett
as Dillon
Dylan Baker
as Mad Dog McClure
Bobby Cannavale
as Lee Vivyan
Lois Smith
as Belle
Ernie Banks
as Himself
Tom Aldredge
as Wendell
P.J. Brown
as Reese
Ray Thomas
as Gordy
Chris Bauer
as Lloyd
Bhavna de Montebello
as Doctor Gupta
Heidi Neurauter
as Irene Sasso
Carolyn Baeumler
as Diane McClure
Doug Bost
as Customer
Jack Sabato
as Troy Bannister
Jeff Perry
as Casey Dean
Michael Wright
as McCormick
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Critic Reviews for Diminished Capacity

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (15)

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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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 15, 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?

July 10, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

A slog through determined wackiness, it's apt to leave audiences cold.

Full Review… | July 7, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 3, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Diminished Capacity

½

Just creeps along at a snails pace but the acting is good while the film as a whole.... not so much.

bill secor
bill secor
½

this was funny, sad, and gave us all a look at the possibilities of aging, our parents and our own, BRAVO! MR ALDA!!!!

erin oneal
erin oneal
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.

Leo L
Leo L

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