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MOVIES: DIMINISHED CAPACITY Cert 15, 89mins *.

Byline: DAVID EDWARDS

Although the title refers to the memory loss affecting an ageing man and his braindamaged nephew, it could just as easily apply to this film's affect on the viewer's ability to stay awake.

A mix of the twee, the tame and the just plain tiresome, we're into deepest turkeyland with this lighter-than-air comedy.

Matthew Broderick plays Chicago journalist Cooper whose memory is on the blink after banging his head during a fight.

Called back to his Missouri hometown by his mum, he gets in with his forgetful uncle (Alan Alda of M*A*S*H fame) who, he learns, owns a rare, almost priceless baseball card. With Cooper's high-school sweetheart (Virginia Madsen) and her young son in tow, the group heads to the Windy City to sell the memorabilia and settle the family's debts.

Despite Broderick and Alda's interesting characters, it's a comedy that pootles along too gently while forgetting to make us laugh along the way. Meanwhile, a face-off at a baseball card convention near the end is more embarrassing than entertaining.

THE REEL LOWDOWN

IF YOU LIKED... The Thing About My Folks, Pop... YOU'LL LIKE THIS.

STAR RATINGS: ***** Brilliant **** Good *** Average ** Poor * Dreadful

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MEMORY LOSS: Matthew Broderick
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 20, 2009
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