He always has come aross wooden and boring on film and in recordings I've seen of him.
Indeed he can, especially in plays which Kenneth Lonergan has fashioned for him. It's a beautiful play and when Broderick did it in New York it was terrific ( though its critical reception was decidedly mixed) .
Matthew Broderick is someone who seems to attract an inexplicable amount of hate, the Broadway World board regularly eviscerate him and hang him out to dry. As stated above by talkingheads he will always be Ferris Bueller for some of us (and Alan in the Torch Song film for me). As a young actor he also put in some very impressive performances both on stage and in film. I think he's suffered from the Hollywood curse of being typecast. Unfortunately for him he has been typecast as a bland second leading man. If you seek out some of his less high profile films from the last 10-15 years he still can impress.
Well I just booked myself in for June with some friends - it’s difficult to get them to any play unless there are big name stars in it so they jumped at this. Plus we loved Manchester By The Sea (the film).