The Mysteries of Pittsburgh [Blu-ray]
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That being said this film stands well on its own terms. June and July in hot Pittsburgh generate mysteries among a variety of people, especially the young college graduate Art Bechstein (Jon Foster) who while working in a bookstore wastes time with a fling with the supervisor Phlox (Mena Suvari) with disinterested post grad classes dealing with becoming a broker and having monthly dinners with his mobster father Joe Bechstein (Nick Nolte), until he encounters an odd couple: bisexual biker and thief Cleveland (Peter Sarsgaard) and his female consort, the violinist Jane Bellwether (Sienna Miller). The bizarre interactions among these characters drive Art to make many decisions and discoveries - including his falling in love with both Cleveland and Jane. The summer winds down with Art finally discovering his own identity despite the clouds of mystery that have surrounded his life. It is a piece of life as lived by disparate characters whose direction in life seems at odds with the natural flow of finding happiness and success. But then the question is asked - what is happiness and what is success if not survival?
For this viewer the explanation by the makers of this film was interesting enough to encourage a repeat watching of the movie. A good movie not a great movie, but it still tastes strongly of Michael Chabon's genius. It deserves more attention than the critics have given it.....Grady Harp, August 09
That said, I was glad to see Jon Foster again, having enjoyed his work in The Door in the Floor. Saarsgard is as good as ever, and Sienna Miller was wonderful as the woman caught between these troubled men. Nick Nolte also makes a fine turn as the very unpleasant and controlling father.
Soundtrack recommended too.
Well, what we get instead is... a storyline about a young man who has a pesky old man for a father constantly questioning what he's going to do with his life. "You can't spend your entire summer being a lazy bum and hanging out with thugs!" That's basically what his father says. He never gives the poor kid a break. He's also connected to the mob so his son always chooses his words carefully, and fearful that he might upset his father. They only meet up at restaurants to chit chat and never anywhere else. Well, until later.
The young man has problems of his own. He's having frequent sex with his workmate/girlfriend at a bookstore. Eventually he grows tired of her when he discovers a REALLY attractive blonde at a party. From there, the REAL story kicks in.
Now it's about the young man having a huge crush on the blonde girl, but unfortunately for him she has a boyfriend. Isn't that always how it is? Yes, it's *always* like that, in both real life and the movies!
Well, the interesting thing about this storyline is that the young man develops a friendship with the blonde AND her boyfriend, and many times all three of them hang out together. Interesting. Of course there's a crucial storyline twist later on (actually make that TWO twists) that's quite surprising to me, but like always, I refuse to give away unnecessary spoilers. Sorry!
Overall, it's alright. I feel there wasn't quite enough suspense or storyline direction to warrant a purchase of a film that's only above average at best, however you can go ahead and rent the Mysteries of Pittsburgh as part of a one-time viewing. It's good enough for that.
The first thing you notice is the annoying narration by Art because they couldn't make a decent screen adaptation. The characters of Art and his dad were poorly constructed. When they got together, you just wished the scene would be over. Jane is an interesting character who we never got to know, and Cleveland is a character we perhaps learned too much about. This is a story of Art trying to find himself one summer in Pittsburgh. For hard core indie lovers and clearly not my cup of tea, but an offering that might go good with "Milk".
F-bomb, sex (straight and gay), and nudity (Mena Suvari).
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Unique story line and interesting to watch. The plot turned out to be very different than anticipated but still entertaining.Published 17 months ago by William
Good story line. Actors and Actresses are all very nice to look at! Love scenes were well done and intriguing .Published 24 months ago by Bob McGrew Jr
Ok I am so Freaken Happy to get this movie and it's a real eye opener (for the closed minded people. Could not be happier that I have it in my Library! :)Published on April 28, 2013 by Anthony
I'm from the 'Burgh originally, so the local's were great. Also, I graduated at the same time as the protagonist (Art), so the subject was timely. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by David Ashton
I don't know how it compares to the book, but I loved the movies... all the main actors are great and it really captures a period in time... a period in one's life.Published on August 9, 2012 by JimmyKHeyHey
This movie was so bad, that I didn't even finish watching it. Part of the movie was filmed im my former neighborhood, which was nice to see, but between the gratuitous sex and the... Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Duke
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