Jessica Miglio
Leah Greenblatt
July 11, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Diminished Capacity

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/04/08
performer
Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick
director
Terry Kinney
author
Sherwood Kiraly
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B+

The two stars of the sweet, minor-key dramedy Diminished Capacity both suffer from the not-operating-with-a-full-deck malady of the title — sad-sack Chicago newspaperman Cooper (Matthew Broderick) due to a grade-3 concussion, and his dotty country uncle Rollie (Alan Alda) because of encroaching Alzheimer’s. When the pair embark on a road trip from Missouri back to the Windy City to sell Rollie’s valuable vintage baseball card (with Virginia Madsen along for the ride as Broderick’s former small-town love), the result is fairly silly slapstick, but Alda, hair disheveled and brow knit with stubborn intent, is both fierce and quietly heartbreaking. B+

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