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

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$1,429,260 (USA) (8 July 2011)
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George Zinavoy: I'm in love with you. I always have been. I thought you were the unfair one, but it was unfair of me not to say it. So I've said it. I was nothing. I felt like nothing. Less than. You changed that.
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 15 August 2011 (2011) See more »

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Good effort for first time indie
23 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

George Zinavoy (Freddie Highmore) is an apathetic loner. He is doing nothing the whole year and is in danger of expulsion unless he can do all the work. Sally (Emma Roberts) is popular and a complicated rebel. She is an MPDG. They cut class together. She treats him like a kid, but is there more?

Gavin Wiesen's first full length feature is a NY indie with a couple of great young actors, great NY locations, but a standard boy meets girl story. Freddie Highmore has the look of weak kid. Emma Roberts has one great cruel manipulative emotionally vicious scene. The ending wraps up too well. It's a good first time effort for Gavin.


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