The Los Angeles Times reviewed Sherwood Kiraly’s novel “Diminished Capacity” as “Funny, utterly guileless and extremely well-written.” Publishers Weekly called the book, “Engaging, quirky.” Kirkus Review said “Diminished Capacity” was “whimsical, charming and funny.”
Equally true of the author, who also writes a column in the Coastline Pilot. How lucky is that?
And to movie-goers’ great good fortune, the film version of “Diminished Capacity,” for which Kiraly wrote the screenplay, is faithful to the book and well cast with Alan Alda and Matthew Broderick in the leads.
“Matthew and Alan got my stuff so well,” Kiraly said.
The book and the movie are a sympathetic, but not maudlin, look at Roland Zerbs, played by Alda, an eccentric before Alzheimer’s diminished his memory, and at his nephew, Cooper, played by Broderick, who is suffering the after-effects of a head injury. “Uncle Rollie” is willing to sell a prized baseball card to keep himself out of an institution and in his home — which incidentally has a pier on the property where Rollie has baited hooks attached by fishing lines to the keys of an old typewriter so the fish can write poetry.