Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Movie Review: Diminished Capacity- More Than a Hobby Related Film

Last year, a critically acclaimed entry at the world famous Sundance Film Festival, put The Hobby center stage in a film called Diminished Capacity. Starring Alan Alda and Matthew Broderick, the film depicts the relationship between Cooper (Matthew Broderick) and his Uncle Rollie (Alan Alda) who both find themselves at cross-roads in their respective lives. Suffering from memory loss himself, Cooper has enough where-with-all to help his Uncle who is suffering from the early onset of Alzheimer's disease secure his financial future. Upon discovering that his Uncle is in possession of the (fictiously) rare T-206 Frank Schulte baseball card, they hatch a plan to travel back to Cooper's transplanted home of Chicago, to sell the card at a sports card collector's show.

Now there is a T-206 Frank Schulte in that famous set. In fact there are two. Card #'s 420 (Front View) and 421(Back View). However, neither are as rare as they are depicted to be in the movie, in fact the one pictured here is for sale on eBay as I write this. Schulte was a member of the last Chicago Cubs team to win the World Series in 1908. The film itself pokes fun at Cub's fans as Alan Alda's character (a die-hard Cardinals fan) refers to them as crazy, which is a comical statement coming from a man who is teetering on the insanity line himself.
The film itself is well written, having been adapted from a novel of the same name by Sherwood Kiraly. Alda delivers a memorable role that suits his personality and acting style very well. Broderick plays the straight-laced side kick to perfection and while the director was obviously trying to create a chemistry and kinship between the two, I felt like that aspect of the film never reached it's full potential.
There are definitely some comical moments, that provide needed levity, particularly at the card show where an alter ego of Alan "Mr. Mint" Rosen straight out of bizarro world attempts to deceive the the rightful owners of the card its true worth. Two other memorable lines are delivered by Dylan Baker who plays a local dealer and fanatic Cubs lifer and can be seen in the theatrical trailer below. I love movies and baseball cards which made seeing this movie a no-brainer. I recommend it as a good film and would give it 4 out of 5 stars.


Rod (Padrographs) said...

Hey Rob, we just watched this movie last night and thought it was really good also.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

"How much are your memories worth?" great line

night owl said...

"People don't age like fine wine. They age like meat."


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