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Diminished Capacity (2008)

Director:
Terry Kinney
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
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RUNNING TIME
92 minutes
Producer:
Galt Niederhoffer
Celine Rattray
Tim Evans
Daniela Tapling Lundberg
Screenwriter:
Sherwood Kiraly


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Cooper Kennedy Matthew Broderick
Charlotte Virginia Madsen
Cooper's Uncle Rollie Alan Alda
Big Stan Louis CK
Donny Prine Jim True-Frost
Mad Dog McClure Dylan Baker
Lee Vivyan Bobby Cannavale
Casey Dean Jeff Perry
Cooper's Mother Lois Smith
Lloyd Chris Bauer

 

Review

Alan Alda's warmth and authenticism keeps this otherwise too gullable, nave and simplified film about the loss of one's mental capacity at a watchable level - for a while. Both Alda's character, an ageing Alzheimer victim, and his nephew (Matthew Broderick) suffering from memory loss after a head injury, are interesting characters, but director Terry Kinney (of the Steppenwolf Theatre) doesn't give them more than a third of a film to develop and batter each other, to use a term fitting the remaining plot of Diminished Capacity, which is centered around baseball memoribilia - and in the goofiest possible manner. Alda, thinking he has a valuable vintage baseball card, takes Broderick and his stock love interest Charlotte (Virginia Madsen) to a memoribilia expo in Chicago, and after that, it all goes haywire. The comedy is forced and badly timed, and the film struggles to retain the truthfull string it seemed to have created early in. In the end, the film has little more to offer than a frenzy of badly drawn supporting characters and more or less ridiculous complications.

 

Copyright 15.8.2012 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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