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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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Zoe Rubenstein
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Will Sharpe
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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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The toughest lesson is love. See more »

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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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Shipped to theaters under the code name "Flunk". See more »

Quotes

Zoe Rubenstein: Would you like me to introduce you to some girls?
George Zinavoy: What?
Zoe Rubenstein: I have a lot of slutty friends you might like.
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Black Champagne
Written by Andrew Nunez and Allan Vest
Performed by Starlight Mints
Courtesy of Barsuk Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Bittersweet teen romance thats very different to the usual fare.
23 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this movie has gotten a pretty bad rap, it supposedly got terrible reviews from critics when it was first released and it didn't perform well at the box office but i don't see what is so horrible about it, i thought it was a nice, easily watchable film that didn't follow the usual cliché storyline that most teen romance films follow.

Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts are rather sweet together, although i have to say the Emma Roberts character is slightly annoying and a bit of a hussy, obviously she's picked this up from her mother but besides that the two leads are great together and have a genuine awkwardness between them that is really funny and nice to watch.

The only time that i thought the movie faltered was when it started to deal with the family side of the story, i didn't find it very interesting and it seemed like a kinda boring subplot. I would have liked to see more scenes with Alicia Silverstone because she is great and it was cool to see her in a very different role like this. Also the lack of soundtrack lets this film down slightly but this is an independent film so i guess you have to make allowances for that.

So if you're looking for a teen film that is a tad left of field, check this out.


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