The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

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Released 2008

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Director:
Rawson Marshall Thurber
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
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?

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  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    The full warmth and idiosyncrasy of Chabon's original is missed in an adaptation that feels more impersonally observed. But Lawson's pic, (with the director making a left turn from...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is all the more artificial because it has been made with great, almost painful, earnestness.

  • 30

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A clumsy and confused adaptation of Michael Chabon's 1988 novel.

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