The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

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Poor casting is the first misstep in this atonal adaptation of novelist Michael Chabon’s acclaimed 1988 debut. Bland, dour Jon Foster robotically plays a preppy gangster’s son; fey, creepy Peter Sarsgaard perplexes as a charismatic tough guy; and stunning beauty Sienna Miller is supposedly attracted to both of them. The underwritten script doesn’t help, reducing rich characters to shorthand tics. Thurber fared better with his broad comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004). The mysteries of drama, though, prove far more elusive.

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday April 17 2009
Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Screenwriter: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Jon Foster
Peter Sarsgaard
Sienna Miller
Nick Nolte
Mena Suvari