03 July 2008

Diminished Capacity

Directed by: Terry Kinney
Written by: Sherwood Kiraly & Doug Bost

Grade: D+

Diminished Capacity opens in Chicago—you can tell it’s Chicago because Kinney, highlighting his problems as a director, cues a jaunty tune about the town and decorates the walls with Cubs paraphernalia. Capacity tells but doesn’t show, perfunctorily blending storytelling shortcuts with convenient contrivances. Alan Alda wants to sell a rare baseball card and, lucky him, there’s a convention that weekend. Matthew Broderick bumps into his ex (Virginia Madsen)—in a convenience store no less—and learns she’s recently divorced. Maybe they’ll get back together?

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