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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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The toughest lesson is love. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$679,160, 17 June 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,429,260, 10 July 2011
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Shipped to theaters under the code name "Flunk". See more »

Quotes

Charlotte Howe: You know, ticklish people make great lovers. Everything is erogenous.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.22 (2011) See more »

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Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth
Written by Sean Greenhalgh, Robert Guertin, Alec Ounsworth, Lee Sargent and Tyler Sargent
Performed by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
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By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Excellent Drama Film, Great Cast
27 January 2012 | by See 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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