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||IMDB Rating: 5.4/10 from 2,688 votes
||Release: 20 January 2008 (USA) /
||Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
||Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber,
||Stars: Ali Reed, Christian Hand, Don Wadsworth, James A. Harper, Jarid Faubel, Jon Foster, Keith Michael Gregory, Mena Suvari, Nick Nolte, Omid Abtahi, Peter Sarsgaard, Seth Adams, Shannon Williams, Sienna Miller, Tim Hartman
||Synopsis: Pittsburgh, coming of age in the 1980s. At the beginning of June, Art Beckstein calls this the last summer of his life - after which he'll work as a stock broker. Art's father is the city's mob boss, steering Art's life, judging his choices. At a party, Art sees Jane, smart, blond, lovely. They meet; she has a boyfriend. The next day, Cleveland, the boyfriend, pulls Art from work and the summer of adventures begins. Cleveland lives close to the edge; he's explosive, with hints of problems with local thugs. The triangle of friendship gets complicated when Cleveland disappears for a couple weeks. Can Art sort out his feelings as well as help Cleveland? Where does his father fit in this? Written by <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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I am quite a fan of novelist/screenwriter Michael Chabon. His novel
"Wonder Boys" became a fantastic movie by Curtis Hanson. His masterful
novel "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" won the Pulitzer
Prize a few years back, and he had a hand in the script of "Spider Man
2", arguably the greatest comic book movie of all time.
Director Rawson Marshall Thurber has also directed wonderful comedic
pieces, such as the gut-busting "Dodgeball" and the genius short film
series "Terry Tate: Office Linebacker". And with a cast including Peter
Saarsgard, Sienna Miller, Nick Nolte and Mena Suvari, this seems like a
It is. Literally.
Jon Foster stars as Art Bechstein, the son of a mobster (Nolte) who
recently graduated with a degree in Economics. Jon is in a state of
arrested development: he works a minimum wage job at Book Barn, has a
vapid relationship with his girlfriend/boss, Phlox (Suvari), which
amounts to little more than copious amounts of sex, with no plans other
than to chip away at a career for which he has zero passion.
One night at a party, an ex-roommate introduces Jon to Jane (Miller), a
beautiful, smart violinist. Later that night they go out for pie, and
she asks Jon a question that begins to shake him from his catatonic
state of existence, "I want you to tell me something that you have
never told a single soul. If you do, it will make this night
indelible." Jon then tells her a reoccurring dream of his in which he
wanders about town looking at the faces of strangers passing him by,
yet none of them look him in the eye. "I imagine it must be what death
feels like," he says.
The next day Jane's wild boyfriend Cleveland (Saarsgard) kidnaps Jon
from work and takes him out to a hulking abandoned steel mill, and soon
Jon, Cleveland and Jane are spending every waking moment together going
to punk rock concerts, doing drugs and drinking lots of alcohol. This
doesn't sit well with Phlox, who pushes Jon for a more personal
relationship, namely letting her meet his new friends and his father.
The film then attempts to take us on Jon's journey as he shakes off the
shackles imposed on him by his father, Phlox and his dead-end job as he
finds freedom and expression through his relationships with Cleveland
There is a problem having us follow Jon throughout the film: he's
completely uninteresting. He has no ambitions, passions or goals. He
walks through life like the invisible wraith he described to Jane the
night they met. At the outset this isn't a problem. But he never gets
any more interesting. He's a completely passive character. He simply
follows along the bohemian Cleveland and Jane, but he never once gives
us any inkling as to what he cares about or wants to to do with
Consequently, the film and its supporting characters have nowhere to go
and little to do other than party, have sex and get in arguments. In
other words, much ado about nothing. What we have here is the shallow
skin of a good movie without anything on the inside. Sweeping
cinematography, ponderous voice-over with characters staring off into
the distance, lots of sex scenes both straight and gay, big arguments,
more angry sex, a chase scene and a tragic death... but it doesn't seem
to matter. Ironically, at one point Jane, confused at a number of Jon's
aimless actions, asks him, "What's going on, Jon? What is this all
about?" Yes, Jon, do tell. We in the audience are dying to know, too.
The title "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" must refer to the characters
themselves, because that's what they are. They are all facades,
one-dimensional stand-ins for actual people. The film never lets us in.
We never know what makes any of them tick. We see them do lots of
things, but we don't know why. And the absence of "why" is one of the
worst things a movie can have.
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, Christian Hand
, Don Wadsworth
, James A. Harper
, Jarid Faubel
, Jon Foster
, Keith Michael Gregory
, Mena Suvari
, Nick Nolte
, Omid Abtahi
, Peter Sarsgaard
, Seth Adams
, Shannon Williams
, Sienna Miller
, Tim Hartman
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