A brain-damaged man (Matthew Broderick) takes his senile uncle (Alan Alda) and an ex-sweetheart (Virginia Madsen) to Chicago, where they hope to sell a rare baseball card.
" Alda's Hawkeye Pierce charm gives way to something snappish and cagey, while Broderick's fussy stiffness is perfect. "
" Diminished Capacity is blessed with a blue-ribbon cast. "
" A mild pleasure from one end to the other, but not much more. "
" A pleasant enough diversion, but DC will be bettered watched from the horizontal position of a couch, one to which the film seems all too eager to send you. "
" Great, just what we needed: another rote exercise in indie-feely humanism. "
" It has moments of sweetness, but not enough poignancy or wit to turn it into the endearing art-house comedy that it aspires to be. "
" 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. "
" Plays like diminished comedy. "
" Sherwood Kiraly's slight script only makes this embarrassment of riches seem more embarrassing. "
" Striving for low-key character comedy, Diminished Capacity ends up diminishing its returns. "
" The actors look as if they're having a reasonably fine time, but there's no sense of commitment here, no sense that this was a movie that absolutely, passionately had to be made. "
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