Diminished Capacity

Diminished Capacity is a 2008 comedy film directed by Terry Kinney and written by Sherwood Kiraly, based on his novel of the same name. It stars Matthew Broderick, Virginia Madsen, and Alan Alda. It was released at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and opened in theaters in July 2008. It was produced by Plum Pictures.

Diminished Capacity
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTerry Kinney
Produced byGalt Niederhoffer
Celine Rattray
Tim Evans
Daniela Tapling Lundberg
Written bySherwood Kiraly
StarringMatthew Broderick
Virginia Madsen
Alan Alda
CinematographyVanja Cernjul
Edited byTim Streeto
Release date
  • January 21, 2008 (2008-01-21) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • July 4, 2008 (2008-07-04) (United States)
CountryUnited States
Box office$23,719


A newspaper editor suffering from memory loss after an accident takes a trip to a memorabilia expo with his Alzheimer's-impaired relative, Rollie, and his high school flame, Charlotte. The plan is for Rollie to sell a rare baseball card, but a few people want the card.[1]


Critical reception

The movie opened to generally mediocre reviews, with just 33% of critics followed by Rotten Tomatoes giving it a favorable review. USA Today said that 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." Time Out New York said, "Great, just what we needed: another rote exercise in indie-feely humanism."[4]


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