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The Art of Getting By (2011)

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

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$679,160 (USA) (17 June 2011)

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$1,429,260 (USA) (8 July 2011)
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In the first scene, the camera passes by Tom's Restaurant, the same restaurant featured in Seinfeld (1989), aka Monk's. See more »

Quotes

Sally Howe: You know we're gonna be together one day. We have to sort through all of our messed-up issues and... you have to sleep with a lot of girls to get it out of your system.
George Zinavoy: Don't go. Please.
Sally Howe: It's a long life. We're not done.
George Zinavoy: [teasingly] Treacherous, sadistic little hussy !
Sally Howe: I love you too.
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Great to watch once
3 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Most movies you only really watch once, unless its like American Beauty or Superbad, where it takes a fair few watches to get old. Without a doubt this movie is great, the character 'George' is one of those characters in a film who's name you search afterwards to find other movies with they've featured in, as he plays the role of a; confused, troubled, intelligent, different teenager who most could relate to at that age. If you want a movie that makes you think afterwards and can relate to, then I'd say watch it. It's great for a night in, but I'd say the downfalls is the fact that yet again like most of these types of films is predictable, but other than that I'd say the acting is great and its enjoyable to say the least.


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