Diminished Capacity (15)
Friday 20 March 2009
Adapted from his own novel by Sherwood Kiraly, this comedy about mental infirmity is perhaps sunnier than its subject usually allows.
Matthew Broderick plays a Chicago news reporter who's been demoted to the comic strips after a bang on the head leaves him wobbly with memory loss. He takes a trip back home to Missouri where his uncle (Alan Alda) is typing away on his "fish poetry" and raging against the early throes of dementia – what the doctors abbreviate as "dim cap". The plot, which revolves around Alda's possession of a priceless baseball card and Broderick's rekindling love for an ex-girlfriend (Virginia Madsen), has moments of sweetness, though by the time it concludes in a collectors' memorabilia fair one's goodwill has worn perilously thin. For all its hokeyness, however, the performances of Broderick and Madsen lend it a certain wistful charm.
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