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The Art of Getting By (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 17 June 2011 (USA)
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George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

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Gavin Wiesen

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Gavin Wiesen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Highmore ... George Zinavoy
Emma Roberts ... Sally Howe
Sasha Spielberg ... Zoe Rubenstein
Marcus Carl Franklin ... Will Sharpe
Ann Dowd ... Mrs. Grimes
Maya Ri Sanchez ... Cynthia
Blair Underwood ... Principal Martinson
Ann Harada ... Mrs. Dougherty
Rita Wilson ... Vivian Sargent
Jarlath Conroy Jarlath Conroy ... Harris McElroy
Elizabeth Reaser ... Charlotte Howe
Andrew Levitas ... Javier
Sam Robards ... Jack Sargent
Alicia Silverstone ... Ms. Herman
Michael Angarano ... Dustin
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Storyline

Believing the quote that you are born alone, die alone and everything else is an illusion, George doesn't see the point of life, school, or homework. Then he meets Sally and he now has a reason to go to school and make friends, even if he's not ready to admit to himself or to her that he likes her. The school's principal and art teacher introduce him to an alumni, and successful artist, Dustin, who can help guide George along life's path, but other distractions start surfacing, and George might not even be able to graduate from high school. Written by napierslogs

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The toughest lesson is love. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Homework See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$679,160, 19 June 2011

Gross USA:

$1,430,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,892,130
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The cell phone George is seen using is a Nokia. See more »

Quotes

George Zinavoy: There you go again with the mind games. Treacherous, sadistic little hussy !
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Alternate Versions

In the UK, the film was originally seen for advice by the BBFC in a rough cut form. The BBFC advised the filmmakers that the film was likely to receive a 15 rating, but that a 12A rating could be awarded if the strong language was reduced. When the finished version of the film was submitted for a formal rating in the UK, the number of uses of strong language had been reduced from five to one and the film was passed 12A. These cuts appear to have made their way into all releases of the film. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 15 August 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

We Will Become Silhouettes
Written by Benjamin Gibbard, James Tamborello aka The Postal Service
Performed by The Shins
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Excellent Drama Film, Great Cast
27 January 2012 | by thatmovieguy91See all my reviews

I loved this movie. Remined me of when I was in high school, by the way Im only 20 yrs old. Rmeinded me of the people I dealt in high school, teachers, not having a lot of friends, girls I met over time.

Here is a short summary of the movie George played by Freddie Highmore, is a senior in high school who narrates throughout the movie, is does not do his homework or listen in class instead he draws sketches and doodles. After a few days George meets this girl Sally played by Emma Roberts who becomes friends with him and falls in love with him, well George doesn't know what to feel and ends up losing her, he get a last chance to complete all his work for a whole yearn in order to graduate high school given to him by his principal. George lives with his mom and stepdad who lost his job and is leaving them. Towards the end of the movie George has to complete an art project, one project of the whole year in order to graduate and ends up painting an awesome portrait.

Great artistic drama with some comedy scenes that will make you laugh, because they remind you of when you were young and in school. Great cast. Especially Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore, the two main people in the film.

I recommend this movie for people who love art, who likes romantic/drama films, and everyone else.

I bummed it did not make its way to theaters and got only a release at the Sundance Film Festival and on DVD and bluray. This movie could of done very well at the box office.

I give it 7 out of 10 stars, for its great cast, great plot and great story.


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