Diminished Capacity

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5.61 h 29 min2008ALL
A Chicago journalist suffering from memory loss takes leaves from his job and returns to his rural hometown, where he bonds with his Alzheimer's-impaired uncle Rollie and his old flame.
Directors
Terry Kinney
Starring
Matthew BroderickAlan AldaVirginia Madsen
Genres
ComedyArthouse
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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James Bibbs-HattenReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Film
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One of my all-time favorite movies to watch.
I love movies that tell unique and interesting stories and/or the characters embark on a journey that U wish U could take part of or inspire U to have one of your own.

Matthew Broderick & Alan Alda created magic together on-screen (especially Alda and his portrayal of an elderly yet senile gentleman who only wants to enjoy the remainder of his life).

Well worth the money....
Steve KuehlReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars
Corny, light, Alda carries it
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Got this for the store as I am a big fan of Alda, and at least in that category it did not disappoint.

A story of dysfunction, memory loss, Alzheimer's and a priceless baseball card. Really, the only description worth the time is the story between Alda and Broderick's characters as uncle and nephew. Both have memory loss issues for different reasons, and they try to muddle through a couple unplanned days together. The centerpiece of their new found time is deciding what to do with their lives and a million dollar baseball card.

All of the performances are painful except for Alda. He alone gives this corny film three stars. I played it in the store which both helped and hurt, as any scene where dumb people are doing dumb things it looks like a slapstick comedy, but when Alda gives those looks of pain and forgetfulness - it seems like a masterpiece. No special features, would be rated R for the tons of "F" bombs and other language.
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Tim WilliamsReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Forgettable Memory Loss Movie
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“Diminished Capacity” has a talented cast, but they don’t have enough to work with. It has some wit, but not enough. It has some sweet moments, but not enough. It has some slapstick, but … well, it has too much slapstick, because it didn’t work. Like this movie’s version of the Cubs, it’s not terrible, but it doesn’t quite succeed. I did like the closing line about joining the party, while there’s still some daylight, though. Maybe next year.
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Keo HilihiliReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great!
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This DVD gave me great ideas for a nursing class I was teaching. Also, I used it for illustration and in-depth study and reinforcement.
Paul A. KlingerReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2013
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing Considering the Fine Cast
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A friend recommended this film to me, though he was only lukewarm about it. The movie had some funny moments, but
very little of interest really happens, and the central point of an extremely valuable baseball card leads to a lot of silly over
the top shenanigans which were more dumb than funny. Not awful, just not much here. A waste of great talent.
3 people found this helpful
Gladys KReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie
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Sad, but true in many ways.
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FMatthewsReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice story, good acting.
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I wasn't crazy about Alda's accent (his natural accent would've worked better), but the characters are believable and they meshed with the story. It's a simple, relaxing movie to watch at the end of a hectic day.
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PtcmesaReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Hilarious spoof of baseball fanatics.
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