The Mysteries of Pittsburgh R

Sometimes life leads you to the most mysterious places.
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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 4, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Phase 4 Films
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

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Total Count: 42


User Ratings: 2,391
Rating: 1.5/5 -- boring and aimless Full Review
7M Pictures
Mar 2, 2011
Rating: 2/5 -- When characters say things like "It's gonna be a great summer," or call someone "Old sport" and act oh-so-beautifully doomed, it's time to call the cliché police. Full Review
New York Daily News
Apr 10, 2009
Rating: 1.5/4 -- The real mystery about The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is how writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber could turn Michael Chabon's delightful debut novel into such a bore. Full Review
New York Post
Apr 10, 2009
Rating: 2/4 -- The Mysteries of Pittsburgh fails on its own terms - not just in comparison with its source material. Full Review
Washington Times
Dec 7, 2018
Rating: 2/4 -- Shoddy and never credible, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is an ungainly coming-of-age drama based on a (hopefully much better) novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.
Seattle Times
Apr 16, 2009
Rating: D+ -- A mess of a movie, looking to contort Chabon's novel into a darkly personal story of choice and desire. Instead the film sloppily lumbers around in search of a consistent dramatic path. It's handsome enough, just wildly misguided from frame one. Full Review
Aug 26, 2009
Rating: 1/4 -- Guts the book of complexity and ambiguity and reduces it to another trite coming-of-age story with a badly written voice-over narrative by a boring post-adolescent. Full Review
Boston Phoenix
Apr 23, 2009

Product Description:

Adapting a subtle, treasured novel is no enviable task. Yet it's that admittedly mammoth undertaking that is at the core of the success or failure of THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH, director Rawson Marshall Thurber's film version of Michael Chabon's debut novel. As a book, MYSTERIES masterfully builds upon the rich tradition of coming-of-age novels through a combination of unique characters, a simple yet intriguing plot, and a quiet celebration of the hidden delights (the "mysteries," if you will) of a small city. Thurber, who also wrote the screenplay, takes huge liberties in reworking the source material--the story of Art Bechstein (Jon Foster), the son of a known gangster, and his conflicting love for two of his bohemian friends (one a woman, the other a man) in the summer following his college graduation--and in the process creates a film that is a mere shadow of the novel on which it was based. Working with a varied cast of novice and more experienced actors (Sienna Miller, Mena Suvan, Nick Nolte, Peter Sarsgaard), Thurber does his best to recreate the melancholic wonder of falling in love, grappling with the expectations of family, and adjusting to one's adult skin, yet Chabon's novel is perhaps too nuanced to lend itself to an easy big-screen transition. That's not to say that Thurber's effort is not gallant and in its own way charming; rather, film is film, literature is literature, and, more often than not, never the twain shall meet.


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