Diminished Capacity: More Sweet-Souled Losers
This first feature by character actor/theater director Terry Kinney addresses, once again, Americas apparent surfeit of sweet-souled losers and eccentrics, replete with rueful indie muzak. Cooper (Matthew Broderick), a Chicago newspaperman still held back at work by a recent concussion, returns to hometown rural Missourah to check up on a precarious relation. Old Uncle Rollie (Alan Alda) has raised concern in the family with his habit of deciphering the poetry written by fish through his ingeniously rigged typewriter. (Is there some Bruce Villanchesque character out there somewhere, engaged in the full-time manufacturing of fresh quirk for aspiring indie filmmakers?) Rollies only steady thought amid an Alzheimers crumble: to sell a prized-possession baseball card. On the resulting journey, Brodericks reticence barely registers, but relief comes through the deep supporting lineup, particularly the characters populating a collectors convention (Dylan Baker, Bobby Cannavale). This is about where the damnation-by-faint-praise adjectives diverting and warmheartedcome in (Oh! Minor key). Its the kind of lite movie you go and see with your mom, and shell say she liked itbut then a year later, youre both trying to remember what it was even about. Two and a half shrugs.
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