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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008)

  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 1,913 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Drama
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Filming Location: Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008)


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  • IMDb page: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008)
  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 1,913 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Drama
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Filming Location: Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Gross: $80,283(USA)(10 May 2009)
  • Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Stars: Jon Foster, Peter Sarsgaard and Sienna Miller
  • Original Music By: Theodore Shapiro   
  • Soundtrack: God Damn Job
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Summer | Gangster | Blue Dress | Coitus | Rear Entry Sex

Writing Credits By:

  • Rawson Marshall Thurber (screenplay)
  • Michael Chabon (novel)

Known Trivia

  • Max Minghella was originally attached to play Art but dropped out due to school commitments.

Plot: Based on Michael Chabon's novel, the film chronicles the defining summer of a recent college graduate who crosses his gangster father and explores love, sexuality, and the enigmas surrounding his life and his city. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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?Written by <>  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Omar Amanat known as executive producer
  • Steffen Aumueller known as co-producer
  • Thor Benander known as producer
  • Pete Chiarelli known as executive producer
  • Claus Clausen known as executive producer
  • Marina Grasic known as executive producer
  • Gary Hamilton known as producer
  • Jan Korbelin known as executive producer
  • Khristina Kravas known as co-producer
  • Michael London known as producer
  • Jason Christopher Mercer known as producer (as Jason Ajax Mercer)
  • Bruna Papandrea known as executive producer
  • Vicki Dee Rock known as executive producer
  • Glenn M. Stewart known as co-producer
  • Rawson Marshall Thurber known as producer
  • John Woldenberg known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jon Foster known as Art Bechstein
  • Peter Sarsgaard known as Cleveland Arning
  • Sienna Miller known as Jane Bellwether
  • Nick Nolte known as Joe Bechstein
  • Mena Suvari known as Phlox Lombardi
  • Omid Abtahi known as Mohammed
  • Keith Michael Gregory known as Keith
  • Ali Reed known as Female Book Barn Employee
  • Don Wadsworth known as Class Instructor
  • Christian Hand known as Punk Rock Bathroom Patron
  • Jarid Faubel known as Mohawk Man (as Jarid C. Faubel)
  • Tim Hartman known as Restaurant Manager
  • Shannon Williams known as Lurch
  • Seth Adams known as Feldman
  • Jocelyn Wrzosek known as Townie
  • Patrick Jordan known as Phlox's New Boyfriend
  • Stephen Liska known as Jimmy Breezy
  • Marc Macaulay known as Lenny Burns
  • Jack Baun known as Officer #1
  • Jeff Hochendoner known as Officer #2
  • Tommy Lafitte known as Precinct Officer
  • Tony Amen known as Mobster (uncredited)
  • Aaron Bernard known as Club Punk (uncredited)
  • Natalie Bloomer known as Club Punk / Student (uncredited)
  • Nicholas Brady known as Motorcycle Kid (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Gladen known as Student (uncredited)
  • John W. Iwanonkiw known as Guy at Police Station (uncredited)
  • Katie Jensen known as Club Punk (uncredited)
  • Katie Jensen known as Club Punk (uncredited)
  • William Kania known as Elevator Attendant (uncredited)
  • Shaz Khan known as Lebanese Guy (uncredited)
  • Frederick E. Kowalo known as Biker Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
  • Meritt Latimore known as Woman / Couple Seated at Restaurant (uncredited)
  • David Macerelli known as Cemetery Worker (uncredited)
  • Andrew McCune known as Hotel Bellhop (uncredited)
  • Buzz McEntire known as Club Punk (uncredited)
  • Dominic Mecchia known as Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Moon known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • David Morse known as Sous Chef (uncredited)
  • Walter E. Myal known as Elevator Attendant / Student (uncredited)
  • Phil Nardozzi known as Diner Patron (uncredited)
  • Jackson Nunn known as Jail Inmate (uncredited)
  • Joe Pawlenko known as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Peacoe Reilly known as Club Punk Rocker (uncredited)
  • Kyle Shepard known as Curly Blonde Club Punk (uncredited)
  • Mark Tierno known as Priest (uncredited)
  • Matt Veltri known as Bell Hop (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Kate Biscoe known as makeup department head

Art Department:

  • Timothy Barnhill known as set dresser
  • Paul Bucciarelli known as on-set dresser
  • Robert Buncher known as key greensman
  • Francine Byrne known as art department coordinator
  • Darien N. D'Alfonso known as scenic artist
  • Bill Dalzell known as set dresser
  • Eileen Garrigan known as charge scenic
  • Thomas J. Garrigan known as assistant property master
  • Jim Heastings known as carpenter
  • Smith Harper Hutchings known as buyer
  • Kenneth J. Kellers known as leadman
  • Lara Lampenfield known as painter
  • Lauri Mancuso known as scenic artist
  • Tyler Morgan known as art department assistant
  • Mary O'Brien known as stand-by scenic
  • Buster Pile known as construction coordinator
  • Gregory Puchalski known as painter
  • Andrew M. Siegel known as property master




Production Companies:

  • Groundswell Productions
  • Scheherazade
  • Sherazade Film Development
  • Visitor Pictures

Other Companies:

  • 424 Post  sound post-production
  • Behind the Scenes Freight  shipping by
  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)  U.S. sales
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • NPI Production Services  payroll services – sound editors
  • Pivotal Post  Avid editing equipment provided by


  • Peace Arch Entertainment Group (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Vitagraph Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Imagem Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Joseph Francis known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • USA 20 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Germany 7 February 2008 (European Film Market)
  • USA 13 June 2008 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • USA 23 November 2008 (Three Rivers Film Festival)
  • Canada 10 April 2009 (limited)
  • USA 10 April 2009 (limited)
  • Canada 4 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 4 August 2009 (DVD premiere)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. sampotter25 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:08 pm

    I am quite a fan of novelist/screenwriter Michael Chabon. His novel"Wonder Boys" became a fantastic movie by Curtis Hanson. His masterfulnovel "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" won the PulitzerPrize a few years back, and he had a hand in the script of "Spider Man2", arguably the greatest comic book movie of all time.

    Director Rawson Marshall Thurber has also directed wonderful comedicpieces, such as the gut-busting "Dodgeball" and the genius short filmseries "Terry Tate: Office Linebacker". And with a cast including PeterSaarsgard, Sienna Miller, Nick Nolte and Mena Suvari, this seems like ano-brainer.

    It is. Literally.

    Jon Foster stars as Art Bechstein, the son of a mobster (Nolte) whorecently graduated with a degree in Economics. Jon is in a state ofarrested development: he works a minimum wage job at Book Barn, has avapid relationship with his girlfriend/boss, Phlox (Suvari), whichamounts to little more than copious amounts of sex, with no plans otherthan to chip away at a career for which he has zero passion.

    One night at a party, an ex-roommate introduces Jon to Jane (Miller), abeautiful, smart violinist. Later that night they go out for pie, andshe asks Jon a question that begins to shake him from his catatonicstate of existence, "I want you to tell me something that you havenever told a single soul. If you do, it will make this nightindelible." Jon then tells her a reoccurring dream of his in which hewanders about town looking at the faces of strangers passing him by,yet none of them look him in the eye. "I imagine it must be what deathfeels like," he says.

    The next day Jane's wild boyfriend Cleveland (Saarsgard) kidnaps Jonfrom work and takes him out to a hulking abandoned steel mill, and soonJon, Cleveland and Jane are spending every waking moment together goingto punk rock concerts, doing drugs and drinking lots of alcohol. Thisdoesn't sit well with Phlox, who pushes Jon for a more personalrelationship, namely letting her meet his new friends and his father.The film then attempts to take us on Jon's journey as he shakes off theshackles imposed on him by his father, Phlox and his dead-end job as hefinds freedom and expression through his relationships with Clevelandand Jane.

    There is a problem having us follow Jon throughout the film: he'scompletely uninteresting. He has no ambitions, passions or goals. Hewalks through life like the invisible wraith he described to Jane thenight they met. At the outset this isn't a problem. But he never getsany more interesting. He's a completely passive character. He simplyfollows along the bohemian Cleveland and Jane, but he never once givesus any inkling as to what he cares about or wants to to do withhimself.

    Consequently, the film and its supporting characters have nowhere to goand little to do other than party, have sex and get in arguments. Inother words, much ado about nothing. What we have here is the shallowskin of a good movie without anything on the inside. Sweepingcinematography, ponderous voice-over with characters staring off intothe distance, lots of sex scenes both straight and gay, big arguments,more angry sex, a chase scene and a tragic death… but it doesn't seemto matter. Ironically, at one point Jane, confused at a number of Jon'saimless actions, asks him, "What's going on, Jon? What is this allabout?" Yes, Jon, do tell. We in the audience are dying to know, too.

    The title "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" must refer to the charactersthemselves, because that's what they are. They are all facades,one-dimensional stand-ins for actual people. The film never lets us in.We never know what makes any of them tick. We see them do lots ofthings, but we don't know why. And the absence of "why" is one of theworst things a movie can have.

  2. silly_elliott from Birmingham, England
    30 Mar 2012, 10:08 pm

    Based on the novel by Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh isabout the young son of a notorious gangster who spends his last teenagesummer roaming around with two friends. The year is 1983, and young ArtBechstein (Jon Foster) is at a crossroads. Completely opposed to hisfather's lifestyle, Art plans to become a stockbroker. Visuallycontrived with painful attempts to create beautiful hip indiecinematography, the whole film feels like the director – whose previouseffort Dodgeball was funny if outright commercial – is desperatelyseeking indie credibility by cobbling together aspects of other indiefilms but sprinkling it with stars like Mena Suvari, Sienna Miller andNick Nolte. Like so many of the star-laden premieres at Sundance thisyear it felt like this was a secrety studio-sponsored vanity project tohelp the director earn some indie credibility points – it failed inthat respect and as a film in its own right.

  3. gradyharp from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:08 pm

    For those who find it difficult to appreciate the adaptation format offilm making from a famous novel, THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH as nowreleased on DVD should help explain the naysayers' opinions. In a veryvaluable session of conversations among Michael Chabon and RawsonMarshall Thurber (screenwriter and director) and the producer and cast,the transition of this complex novel into a very altered story iscomfortably explained and the person most happy with the result seemsto be the originator – Michael Chabon!

    That being said this film stands well on its own terms. June and Julyin hot Pittsburgh generate mysteries among a variety of people,especially the young college graduate Art Bechstein (Jon Foster) whowhile working in a bookstore wastes time with a fling with thesupervisor Phlox (Mena Suvari) with disinterested post grad classesdealing with becoming a broker and having monthly dinners with hismobster father Joe Bechstein (Nick Nolte), until he encounters an oddcouple: bisexual biker and thief Cleveland (Peter Sarsgaard) and hisfemale consort, the violinist Jane Bellwether (Sienna Miller). Thebizarre interactions among these characters drive Art to make manydecisions and discoveries – including his falling in love with bothCleveland and Jane. The summer winds down with Art finally discoveringhis own identity despite the clouds of mystery that have surrounded hislife. It is a piece of life as lived by disparate characters whosedirection in life seems at odds with the natural flow of findinghappiness and success. But then the question is asked – what ishappiness and what is success if not survival?

    For this viewer the explanation by the makers of this film wasinteresting enough to encourage a repeat watching of the movie. A goodmovie not a great movie, but it still tastes strongly of MichaelChabon's genius. It deserves more attention than the critics have givenit…..Grady Harp

  4. jotix100 from New York
    30 Mar 2012, 10:08 pm

    Michael Chabon's 1988 novel " The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" was a novelabout coming of age for a young man. The book is a fine account of asummer in the life of Art Bechstein, the son of a mobster who falls forJane, a young woman, who is in love with another man. There is no doubtin our minds Rawson Marshall Thurber had the best intentions when hedecided to adapt, then direct, this beloved work of many for thescreen.

    The problem seems to be in the way Art comes out in the movie, where healso serves as the narrator as well. The way Mr. Thurber conceived hismain character does not resonate with the viewer. It is never quiteclear what did Jane and Cleveland see in this bland person to befriendand be part of a group; they are unevenly matched, to say the least.

    Cleveland is the most complex character in the novel. He is a bisexualman that is in the equation for the thrills he can get out of hissituation with Jane. Art finds out soon enough what Cleveland is allabout, but in the end he too is seduced by a guy that is a manipulatorof the worse kind. It is also hard to believe, the way Cleveland ispresented in the film he is the criminal he is supposed to be. Art, onthe other hand, appears to be a closet homosexual, in spite of thesexual relationship he was having with Phlox, something that seemscontrived and phony.

    Any film in which Peter Sarsgaard appears is worth a look. He is themost lively character in the picture. Mena Suvari shows up as abrunette with such a different look. It is hard to recognize her atfirst. Ms. Suvari is at her best in the film. Jon Foster is too blandto get anyone's attention. Nick Nolte plays Art's father. SiennaMiller, in spite of her looks, is an enigma in the movie.

    One thing that plays well is Theodore Shapiro's fine musical score. Itgives the picture some class. Michael Barrett captures the spirit ofthe city, and its surrounding area in great images.

  5. screenwriter-14 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:08 pm

    MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH is a truly 2009 "coming of age" story of threeyoung people who meet in Pittsburgh and take a journey which willchange their lives forever. The cast is superb; and I found JonFoster's voice and performance refreshing inside a seasoned cast ofNick Nolte, Sienna Miller, "American Beauty's" Mena Suvari and theincredibly talented Peter Sarsgaard. Reviews have been mixed on thefilm, but I thought it took off in the second act, with humor of thechallenges facing the characters, and the pathos of how "love" can takea turn when you least expect it. The dialog, at times witty and with acynical barb to it, and the location of Pittsburgh, with its hills andolder homes, adds to the story. I really liked this film, and onceagain, the cast is delicious to look at, and watch.

  6. dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
    30 Mar 2012, 10:08 pm

    Young man with a gangster for a father is studying for the exams tobecome a stock broker. He doesn't really want to go in that directionbut that's the direction that his father has picked out for him (he'sarranged a job for him once he finishes). Desperate to have his ownlife he has taken a dead end job at a local book supermarket just tohave time for himself before his life stops being his own. After almostbeing run over by his college roommate he ends up at a party where heends up meeting a beautiful blonde, who along with her boyfriend endsup changing his life.

    This is a well acted, except by Nick Nolte, story based on a book byMichael Chabon. Its much better than its soiled reputation wouldindicate. The film is infamous for being the film Sienna Miller tooksimply to get away from the paparazzi, she got into even more troubleby bashing Pittsburgh in several off handed comments. It was thenbarely released to theaters before being dumped on to DVD. This is agood little film. I liked it. My only real complaint outside of NickNolte's performance (it just doesn't work here) is that the film istrying way too hard to be quirky. Its not bad, but there are thesesmall turns and asides (Joe Namath's picture during a sex scene) thatdidn't really need to be there. I'm sure they were in the novel, but atthe same time in the real world of the film they come across as out ofplace. Worth a look, probably on cable.

  7. BenAordure from France
    30 Mar 2012, 10:08 pm

    Comments are so tough with the film that I feel alone in the camp ofthe "positives".

    OK this film is far from being a perfection and I think I will neverunderstand the very purpose of it. I even hesitate to say what was thetopic. I assume it was about the coming-out of the main character, buteven that I am not sure.

    Plus, I can't say Jon Foster, the main actor, is captivating. So whydid I like ?

    I think the main thing I appreciated in that film is the atmosphere ofmysteries. As the title suggests it, all along the film provides animperceptible mystery. Because it plays with suggestions and switches.

    The storyline helps for sure to plunge into this atmosphere as thestoryline is a mystery in itself ! But there are other causes. Thephotography for example, which clearly remains in my mind. AlthoughPittsburg is not a beauty on its own, the director manages to capturesome good photos of it. Also the director did well regarding thechanging weathers and lights. Switching between sun and rain, lights,twillights and darkness.

    The soundtrack follows the mysterious atmosphere well too.

    Saarsgard plays an interesting character as he acts an ambivalent toughbut sensitive bi-sexual. There is also the constant hesitations of themain character. Obey his father or not ? The dark haired girl or theblond one ? The girlfriend or the boyfriend ? We can also capture thequestionings of all the others characters.

    All this provides a sentiment of interrogations.

    So this atmosphere the director manages to render leads us not to besurprised when the main character admits at the end he is confused,because this is the feeling we have too.

    Mysteries. This is what I appreciated in this film I guess.

  8. DaMarco-2 from USA
    30 Mar 2012, 10:08 pm

    Michael Chabon is one of our generation's greatest writers, havingearned the acclaim of awards and prizes that he deserves. "Wonder Boys"was made into a very good if uneventful film, and one has high hopesfor "Kavalier & Klay." "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" is about ArtBechstein, the young son of a gangster who does not want him to followin his footsteps. Art has majored in business but has no taste for it.It is the summer after his graduation and he is supposedly studying fora test that will license him to work in high finance, though he spendshis time enjoying the summer as the last of his youth.

    Art works at a bookstore and meets Phlox, an attractive young woman. Healso makes friends with a gay man named Arthur Lecomte, who introduceshim to Cleveland Arning. Art meets Cleveland's girlfriend Jane who isstriking and mysterious to him. Art spends his summer in relationshipswith these people and learning more about himself.

    The tone of the book is one of the great accomplishments of Chabon'swriting. It is wry and witty, and ever so slightly tongue in cheek. Myfavorite line in the book is the last, in which Art tells us that thissummer that was a turning point for him, or maybe he just made it allup. Art is a cousin to Holden Caufield, with his attitudes, but hetakes himself far less seriously.

    This film is not the trainwreck that many would have you to believe,including devotees of the novel. While some criticize the glossycinematography, I would argue that it is one of the few things thatwork in this film. Pittsburgh has a fascinating aesthetic that deservesto be filmed well, and the cinematographer accomplished that.

    The overall problem with the film is that it never comes even remotelyclose to capturing the tone of the novel. The wit and humor are gonecompletely. The tone of this movie is so deathly serious that none ofthe events that were shocking in the novel are the least bit surprisingin the film. It is the equivalent of sitting in the parlor of a funeralhome.

    Jon Foster is an exercise in bad casting. He looks like what oneimagines Art to look like–mildly handsome, lanky, a non-showyintelligence–but never once plays the character properly. There is noslyness, no humor, no wit or warmth in this performance, and that isabout 60% of what's wrong with the whole film. Foster does not evencome remotely close to the character we followed in the novel. A toneddown Topher Grace is what the part called for, but all we get is anactor who is so bland and dull that we couldn't care less about thecharacter he is playing.

    Peter Sarsgaard was perfect casting as Cleveland, and has a resume ofsimilar successful roles in his past. However, Sarsgaard playsCleveland with all the seriousness of a war veteran who's lost hislegs. The unpredictability and wildness that makes up the book'scharacter is not in the film.

    Sienna Miller's Jane is an overinflated part, about a character who wasonly meant to be an enigma in passing, sort of like Suzanne Somer's"Girl in the White T-Bird" in "American Graffiti." Her mere beauty issupposed to mean more to us than it ever does.

    Only Mena Survari as Phlox and Nick Nolte as Art's gangster fathermanage to properly convey what we knew about the characters.Unfortunately the likable Phlox is reduced to being a clingynymphomaniac, as opposed to the sweet, likable free spirit in thenovel. Still Survari made the part work despite limited screen time.

    Art's sexual awakening is glossed over and Cleveland's bisexuality istreated more as pansexuality. The film has the nerve to show the men inembrace, but cuts to the morning after in chaste fade away.

    Even the Cloud Factory is given a short shrift. A prominent fixture inthe film, it is also a big player in the movie, but as with thecharacters, it is also played as a serious location rather than ahumorous one. The actual plant in the novel is a working facility atCarnegie Mellon University. In the film, it is an abandoned facilityoutside of town about which Cleveland says no one knows why smoke stillcomes out of the stack. Well, actually, smoke can only come from astack if it is fed coal or some other energy source, which someone mustpurchase. So if no one is buying coal for it then such a thing is noteven possible. Smoke doesn't just appear! And that sums up the problemwith this film. Smoke appears out of nowhere and for no reason, as dothe human emotions. We don't see any motivation or reasoning, and wenever understand why any of these boring people want anything to dowith each other.

    Pittsburgh is a fascinating city with a rich history, Chabon's novel isa great book with rich characters. Both got the short shrift in thisplodding and pointless film. The only way to enjoy it is to put it onTV at a party and turn down the sound while playing a music CD. Thevisuals make for great music video and replace the characters who nevermuster any personality in the atmosphere of the film.

  9. jlongstreth-1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:08 pm

    I loved the novel Mysteries of Pittsburgh. It took place in familiarsurroundings, places I hung out, in a town I loved. It questionedmysteries that I'd questioned myself.

    It's not certain if the passage of time or the changes wrought inadaptation brought about my dislike for this movie. After all, I firstread the book some 25 years ago. But the film lacks so much incomparison with the book. It has none of the humor, none of theintrospection, none of the sense of resolution or at least readiness atthe end.

    The acting does not help the situation, especially Sienna Miller, whoas Jane, is basically a flat line. Art is nearly a flat line, strangelyenough; as the lead he is not supposed to be. Sarsgaard's Clevelandattempts to compensate for the affectless performance of hisscreen-mates by wildly over-emoting. It's a valiant effort that almostworks. And Mena Suvari is just pitiful as a sad stereotype that nowoman with a shred of self-respect should ever have to play on screenor stage.

    I'm sure it doesn't help my assessment that Chabon is one of myfavorite writers and Pittsburgh is my beloved home city. But if I wereyou, I'd give this one a miss. The four stars are for cinematographyNick Nolte, and music, which were decent.

  10. donwc1996 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:08 pm

    I am a big Peter Sarsgaard fan. Ever since The Dying Gaul I have beenlooking and watching for every film he's in. Kinsey was another tour deforce – proving as I suspected that Sarsgaard is the next big male staron the horizon. He's not handsome in the matinée idol way but there's aquality about him that is true star – he lights up the screen when he'son and you just cannot take your eyes off him – and contrary to thebeautiful people he has a depth that grabs you and makes you wonderwhat he's going to do next – he's totally unpredictable – in Mysteriesof Pittsburg he shines brightly especially in scenes with Jon Fosterwho at the moment is starring with Jenna Elfman in the CBS sit-comAccidentally on Purpose which is based on a book by a local journalisthere in Northern California. Jon Foster is another fast rising youngactor whose future seems bright and the sparks really fly between himand Sarsgaard. Their scenes shake the earth in terms of eroticism,unlike anything I've ever seen on the screen. They're so totally intowomen – both of them – that when they're into each other – it's notonly a shock because it's so unexpected but it really does make onerethink things as I had to do since I've never understood how men cando the nasty – but here it seems perfectly natural, so natural in factthat I really had to think I was ignorant on the subject. The filmmoves at break-neck speed but the ending is a solid thud – a majordisappointment in fact it's so trite and predictable.

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