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  • Summary: Director Terry Kinney's delightfully poignant and bittersweet comedy poses the question: How much is a good memory worth? That's the question that faces newspaper editor Cooper after a debilitating concussion takes him from the political pages to comic strip detail. Looking for answers, heDirector Terry Kinney's delightfully poignant and bittersweet comedy poses the question: How much is a good memory worth? That's the question that faces newspaper editor Cooper after a debilitating concussion takes him from the political pages to comic strip detail. Looking for answers, he travels home to Missouri where his now-senile Uncle Rollie is on the verge of losing his home. When a valuable baseball card is thrown into the mix, these two men, along with a motley group of hometown friends, including Cooper's high school sweetheart, Charlotte, head to a memorabilia expo to make the deal of a century, diving headfirst into a snake pit of slick salesmen, crooked dealers, and rabid fans revealing that there are some things in life you can't put a price on. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    83
    The result is fairly silly slapstick, but Alda, hair disheveled and brow knit with stubborn intent, is both fierce and quietly heartbreaking.
  2. 75
    The smart indie comedy Diminished Capacity deals with three kinds of dementia: those relating to aging, concussions and being a Chicago Cubs fan. Tying those three things together is a task that the witty script does with surprising adroitness.
  3. 70
    All of the actors convey the ebullience of old friends convening for an on-the-cheap reunion. The shared good spirits result in a diminutive comedy with a bounty of charm and shrewd humor.
  4. 50
    Broderick, Alda, and Madsen are all fine--and Alda has some poignant moments as he realizes the implications of his forgetfulness--but their presence in a movie like this reaffirms its conventionality.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    50
    It's the kind of lite movie you go and see with your mom, and she'll say she liked it--but then a year later, you're both trying to remember what it was even about. Two and a half shrugs.
  6. 50
    A mild pleasure from one end to the other, but not much more. Maybe that's enough, serving as a reminder that movie comedies still can be about ordinary people and do not necessarily have to feature vulgarity as their centerpiece.
  7. Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns.

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