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Diminished Capacity (2008)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 4 July 2008 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Terry Kinney

Writers:

Doug Bost (additional written material), Sherwood Kiraly

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Cooper
Virginia Madsen ... Charlotte
Alan Alda ... Uncle Rollie Zerbs
Jimmy Bennett ... Dillon
Louis C.K. ... Stan
Jim True-Frost ... Donny Prine
Dylan Baker ... Mad Dog McClure
Bobby Cannavale ... Lee Vivyan
Jeff Perry ... Casey Dean
Lois Smith ... Belle Tyke
Tom Aldredge ... Wendell Kendall
Ray Thomas Ray Thomas ... Gordy
Chris Bauer ... Lloyd
Heidi Neurauter Heidi Neurauter ... Irene Sasso
Carolyn Baeumler ... Diane McClure
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Storyline

Cooper is a Chicago journalist with post-concussion memory loss. His mother wants help moving Uncle Rollie, who's facing his own fading memory, into a care home. Cooper's boss tells him to take a few days, so Cooper drives home. Rollie doesn't want to move, and his salvation may be a rare baseball card of a 1908 Chicago Cub. Maybe they can sell it in Chicago for enough for Rollie to live at home with help. Cooper teams up with Charlotte, his recently-divorced high-school flame, and her son; they take Rollie to a memorabilia market. Rollie insists on keeping the card in his pocket, while more than one rascal wants to divest the old man of his treasure. Can the underdogs carry the day? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Sometimes what you lose is not as important as what you find. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cardboard memories See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,832, 6 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,291, 20 July 2008
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Wildfire is played by David Martin Rose. On his first day working as an intern for the sound department, David was approached by director Terry Kinney, and was asked to read for the part. See more »

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When Cooper grabs Dillon his hand on his arm moves between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Gupta: I don't have you tell you that you're still recovering from your injury. But if it's an emergency, I guess... Where does your uncle live?
Cooper: Missouri. La Porte.
Dr. Gupta: Who ask you to go down?
Cooper: Well I got a call from
[checking notes]
Cooper: from my mother, and I guess he's having some problems.
Dr. Gupta: Huh...
Cooper: Yeah. Yeah, she could be exaggerating a little.
Dr. Gupta: Disorientation? Confusion?
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: The People vs. Martin Sugar (2010) See more »

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Bill
written by Mark Orton
performed by Tin Hat Trio
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Surprisingly engaging
15 November 2008 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a journalist with post concussion syndrome and his demented uncle on road trip to sell a precious baseball card.

"Diminished Capacity" is surprisingly engaging. The plot is well written, even tiny details are attended to. It has that special charm to engage viewers. The characters are all likable and authentic, and I really care about them. Alan Alda is amazingly convincing as a demented person. Little by little, his dementia is portrayed beautifully, from the burnt bacon to misplacing the card. One annoyingly implausible thing though, is why would no one help in the fight at the end. That dampens the credibility of the plot, but on the whole it is well written and executed.


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