Beautiful Ohio

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: William Hurt, Rita Wilson, Julianna Margulies, Michelle Trachtenberg; Director: Chad Lowe; Author: Ethan Canin; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: Unrated

Hurt and Wilson turn in sturdy performances as parents of a math prodigy (David Call) in Beautiful Ohio, a 1970s-set coming-of-age drama. But Chad Lowe’s directorial debut lurches from scene to scene. Neither the script nor the characters — like the genius teen’s thinly sketched girlfriend (Michelle Trachtenberg)— add up to much. C

Originally posted November 26 2008 — 12:00 AM EST

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