The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008)


“And what does he do? What does your father do?” – Jane Bellwether

“He manipulates Swiss bank accounts with money that comes from numbers, whores, protection, and cigarette smuggling.” – Art Bechstein

“Really?” – Jane Bellwether

“No, he’s in finance.” – Art Bechstein

Number of Times Seen – Twice (28 Jul 2009 and 5 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – The son of a local gangster tries to live a normal life  over the summer even though his father’s influence is always around.

My Take on it – Intriguing idea that just doesn’t work as well as I would have hoped.

The cats is great and Jon Foster does a wonderful job leading this story in a plausible fashion.

He is helped along by Peter Saarsgard, Nick Nolte, Sienna Miller and Mena Suvari.

The story feels as if it’s meant to be told in a very personal way, but they fail to develop these characters on a deeper level which would have made it more enjoyable watching everything they do here.

This is based on a novel by Michael Chabon and I’m sure that the book allows for the exploration of these characters in a better way that lets the viewer get a better understanding of their thoughts about all that transpires around them.

The plot moves in some very strange directions along the way which constantly change the focus of what these characters are trying to do.

The dialogue is one of the best parts of this film because some of the conversations between the characters along the way are quite informative about what is suppose to be going on here, eve if it is far from perfect.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Max Minghella was originally attached to play Art but dropped out due to school commitments. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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