Diminished Capacity, starring Alan Alda and Matthew Broderick, is a comedy centered around a valuable old baseball card. Sounds fun to us, but it’s premier at the Sundance Film Festival was met with at least one less than stellar review.
The novel "Diminished Capacity" has arrived on the big screen with Sherwood Kiraly’s book is transformed into a movie with a fictional baseball card show as one of its primary backdrops.
Matthew Broderick stars as Cooper, a man who suffers memory loss after getting hit on the head. He heads for Missouri to find a permanent home for his senile old uncle Rollie, played by Alan Alda. When in need of money, the two turn to the only valuable possession Rollie has– a rare baseball card from the early 20th century.
Cooper and his high school sweetheart (Virginia Madsen) then head for a memorabilia show in Chicago, concocting a scheme to sell the card but finding pitfalls along the way that make for what’s being described as a ‘bittersweet comedy’.
Much of the film was shot on a fictional memorabilia show set, with Memory Lane Inc. getting a cameo role as one of the show dealers.
The movie isn’t likely to play at your local theater, despite the quality cast and a critic for the Hollywood Reporter emitted a big yawn when seeing it at the Sundance Film Festival.