The story follows a homework-averse high school student (Freddie Highmore) who strikes up an unexpected friendship with the girl he's loved from a distance (Emma Roberts). more
In Movie Theaters U.S.Friday, June 17, 2011 in 610 theaters
On Blu-ray & DVDTuesday, November 29, 2011
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Rating MPAAPG-13 for thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying
The story follows a homework-averse high school student (Freddie Highmore) who strikes up an unexpected friendship with the girl he's loved from a distance (Emma Roberts).
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There are so many jarring things about THE ART OF GETTING BY. Seeing Alicia Silverstone playing a frumpy teacher, for one, instead of the confused teen girl the lead is attracted to, and having the talented Blair Underwood reduced to a stereotype of a principal giving tough-love speeches. Every other back story here, for that matter, feels perfunctory and trite, of the type encountered before in angsty teenage movies.
Yet The Art of Getting By isn't completely without merit. First, it shows a New York that still dazzles despite (refreshingly) lacking all the familiar touchstones. And its main character is an enigma: George is dispassionate but not uptight. He's pessimistic but not neurotic, smart but not cripplingly so. His relationship with Sally is quirky in a surprising way: The beautiful, popular girl doesn't see the loner as just a friend, but likes him; he's the one who’s slow to respond. Their bond is interesting to watch and captures the ambiguous, complicated relationships that teens form these days. If only the movie could have skipped the cheap-shot ending.