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The Art of Getting By -- George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's 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.
The Art of Getting By -- George (Highmore), a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done his schoolwork, is befriended by Sally (Roberts), a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Harris McElroy

Elizabeth Reaser ... Charlotte Howe

Andrew Levitas ... Javier

Sam Robards ... Jack Sargent

Alicia Silverstone ... Ms. Herman

Michael Angarano ... Dustin
Dan Leonard ... Nick

Sophie Lane Curtis ... Chastity (as Sophie Curtis)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joseph Ernest ... Student (uncredited)

Lindsay-Elizabeth Hand ... Sally's Friend (uncredited)
Shelby Kovant ... Party-Goer (uncredited)
Scott O'Grady ... Student (uncredited)
Zoe Portanova ... Zoe's Friend (uncredited)

Sarah Seeds ... Shot Girl (uncredited)

Tanya Thompson ... Club Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Gavin Wiesen 
Writing credits
Gavin Wiesen (written by)

Produced by
Kara Baker .... producer
Patrick Baker .... executive producer
Matthew Vose Campbell .... associate producer
P. Jennifer Dana .... producer
Darren Goldberg .... producer
Jonathan Gray .... executive producer
Anthony Gudas .... executive producer
Andrew Levitas .... executive producer
Chris Marsh .... associate producer
Gretchen McGowan .... executive producer
Henry Pincus .... executive producer
Nick Quested .... executive producer
David Sweeney .... executive producer
Gia Walsh .... producer
Original Music by
Alec Puro 
Cinematography by
Ben Kutchins (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mollie Goldstein 
Casting by
Jodi Angstreich 
Maribeth Fox 
Laura Rosenthal 
Production Design by
Kelly McGehee 
Set Decoration by
Matthew W. Herschel 
Costume Design by
Erika Munro 
Makeup Department
Jill Karol .... additional hair stylist (as Jill Astmann)
Jill Karol .... additional makeup artist (as Jill Astmann)
Michelle Kearns .... key makeup artist
Cynthia O'Rourke .... additional hair stylist
Cynthia O'Rourke .... additional makeup artist
Debbie Peiser .... key hair stylist
Joelle Troisi .... additional hair stylist
Joelle Troisi .... additional makeup artist
Betsy Kelly .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Betsy Kelly .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Amy Dempsey .... unit production manager
Darren Goldberg .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas R. Bell .... second assistant director
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... second second assistant director (as Luke Sherman)
Art Department
Joseph C. Allen .... prop production assistant
Caitlin Arbeiter .... art production assistant
Amanda Bayne .... prop production assistant
Robert Bohn .... artist: George's doodles
Stephen Caputo .... artist: museum painting
Stephen Caputo .... scenic artist
Heather Corbett .... scenic artist
Heather Corbit .... artist: museum painting
Nola Denett .... additional prop assistant
Liza Grant .... assistant property master (Lza' Grant) (as Elizabeth ')
Nicole Heffron .... artist: museum painting
Nicole Heffron .... scenic artist
Linda Kellerman .... artist: George's apartment paintings
Vincent Lamberti .... artist: museum painting
Vincent Lamberti .... scenic artist
Alicia Learherbury .... scenic artist
Alicia Leartherbury .... artist: museum painting
Andrew Levitas .... artist: Dustin's paintings
Laurie Lopez .... prop production assistant
Tristan Lopin .... prop production assistant
Michelle McLoota .... art production assistant
Martin Murray Jr. .... property master (as Martin 'Joe' Murray Jr.)
Racey North .... additional prop assistant (as Rachel 'Racey' North)
Angela Rogers .... scenic artist
Patrick Schofield .... set dresser
John Schombs .... scenic artist
Lizabeth Sodbinow .... scenic artist
Maria Sylvania .... leadman
Sergey Voronin .... artist: Sally's portrait
Graham Wichman .... additional prop assistant
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
David Briggs .... adr editor
David Briggs .... dialogue editor
Lewis Goldstein .... re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Mike Guarino .... sound mixer
Allison Howe .... additional boom operator
Guillermo Pena-Tapia .... boom operator
Tom Ryan .... adr recordist (as Thomas Ryan)
Tom Ryan .... foley recordist (as Thomas Ryan)
Tom Ryan .... sound effects editor (as Thomas Ryan)
Alex Soto .... assistant sound editor
Alex Soto .... sound effects editor
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... sound apprentice
Adam Horley .... adr recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Sheila F. Sullivan .... compositor (uncredited)
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Patrick M. Walsh .... stunt double: Sam Robards
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregory Almond .... additional second assistant camera
Kara Baker .... still photographer
Jason Beasley .... best boy electric
Daniel Choy Boyar .... additional electrician
Steve Briante .... additional first assistant camera (as Steven Briante)
Alexander H. Browne .... epk
Randolph Carty .... additional grip
Matthew Caton .... additional camera operator: "b" camera
Gillian Crosson .... still photographer
Katie Dainson .... second assistant camera
Andrew Engert .... additional grip
Jay Feather .... additional photographer
Lizzie Ford-Madrid .... camera production assistant
Tim Gillis .... gaffer (as Timothy Gillis)
Raymond Haddad .... still photographer
Sara Hahn .... additional second assistant camera
Hiroshi Hara .... additional electrician
Hunter Herrick .... additional electrician
Eric Hora .... additional electrician
Holly Hosman .... additional electrician
David Isern .... camera operator: "b" camera
David Isern .... steadicam operator
Ari Issler .... additional camera operator: "b" camera
Matthew Jacobs .... additional grip (as Matt Jacobs)
Aric Jacobson .... key grip
Bruce Jones .... additional grip
Andy Kromphardt .... camera loader
Bryan Landes .... additional grip
Robert Lau .... additional first assistant camera
Daniel Luebke .... additional electrician
Gene Malkin .... additional electrician
Adam McDaid .... additional electrician
Jim McGibbon .... additional electrician
Neil Meschino .... additional grip
Marc-Eric Nielsen .... additional first assistant camera
Megan Nole .... additional grip
Joseph Paolini .... key grip
Virginie Perez .... camera production assistant
Daniel Puissant .... key grip
Samantha Sa .... additional grip
Kyle Sather .... additional electrician
Mark Schafer .... still photographer
Stephanie Simpson .... additional first assistant camera
John Spicer .... additional electrician
George Tur .... first assistant camera
Chris Wiesehahn .... additional grip (as Chris Weisenhahn)
Fletcher Wolfe .... company electrician
Geoffrey Womack .... additional camera loader (as Geoffrey T. Womack)
Casey Wooden .... additional electrician
Ryan Minelli .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Manuel Monsalve .... grip and electrician intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Cuno .... costume assistant
Megan Dudley .... costume assistant
Keri Langerman .... assistant costume designer (as Keri Lee Doris)
Martina Melendez .... additional wardrobe supervisor
Hollie Nadel .... set costumer
Sara Gabrielle Paterno .... costume assistant (as Sara Paterno)
Shelby Saboy .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Beardsley .... technician: Arriscan
Danielle Boiardi .... additional editor: The Edit Room
Bob Borden .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Joseph Borges .... digital intermediate video technician
Hannah Carpenter .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Sophie Corra .... assistant editor
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist (as John J. Dowdell III)
Peter Heady .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Brian Kelly .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Joe Klotz .... consulting editor
Ian Kuhnert .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Ben Lay .... digital intermediate video technician
Mackenzie Luzzi .... post-production coordinator
Tim Maxwell .... digital transfer
Bo Mehrad .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Michelle Morris .... dailies project manager
Amina Ouchater .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Michael Pasqualone .... additional assistant editor
Martine Phelan-Roberts .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Dave Pickett .... colorist: dailies
Samein Priester .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Geoffrey Richman .... additional editor: The Edit Room
Sasha Sagan .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Colin Stewart .... additional editor: The Edit Room
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
Svetlana Zill .... additional editor: The Edit Center
Victoria Anderson .... colorist assistant (uncredited)
Moritz Fortmann .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Richie Roefaro .... colorist assistant (uncredited)
Justin B. Tolley .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Diego Rodriguez .... assistant location manager
Tom Sexton .... locations manager
Matthew Sullivan .... location scout
Music Department
Levon Broussalian .... score production coordinator
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Benji Lysaght .... musician: guitar
Jason Lytle .... composer: additional music, theme for 'Sally's Bedroom'
Andy Marshall .... musician: guitar
Alec Puro .... composer: additional music, theme for 'Sally's Bedroom'
Irl Sanders .... music editor
Krish Sharma .... score mixer
Matt Shlapak .... assistant: Alex Puro
Eamon Shumow .... musician: guitar
Colleen Grace Rourke .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Eamon Ryland .... guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joe Santorelli .... truck build-out
Other crew
Ainsley Bartholomew .... assistant production office coordinator
Andrew Beguin .... additional production assistant
Joel Blanco .... production accountant
George Brassey .... additional production assistant
Alex Browne .... epk
Chris Browne .... epk
Dave Brubaker .... title designer
Jerome Butler .... dialect coach: New York
Daniel Carter .... epk
Wendy Cohen .... product placement: Production Resources
Nicole Compas .... legal services: Gray Krauss Des Rochers
Tristan Cowen .... craft service (as DI 'Tristan' Cowen)
David Basil Demase .... additional production assistant (as David Demase)
Brian Donegan .... office production assistant
Patrick Eaton .... key production assistant
Riaya Aboul Ela .... marketing executive: Goldcrest
Alyssa Fannick .... set production assistant
Elizabeth Garrett .... production coordinator
Lowell Greenblatt .... office production assistant
Kerri Hundley .... office production assistant
William Jackson .... set production assistant
Steven Julien .... additional production assistant
Betsy Kagen .... assistant to producers
Louis Katz .... physician (as Dr. Louis Katz)
Brad Keikes .... tutor: Spanish
Feifei Ling .... additional production assistant (as Fei Fei Ling)
Dion Matthews .... additional production assistant
Márcia Mayer .... sales executive: Goldcrest (as Márcia Nunes)
Ross Miller .... insurance broker
Mike Mizrahi .... additional production assistant
Chadia Mokhchane .... tutor: French
Kristina Negri .... office production assistant
Robert Plonskier .... set production assistant
Roma Ramchandani .... office production assistant
Miguel Rosales .... tutor: Spanish
Patrick Schofield .... additional production assistant
Gary E Schreiber .... tax accountant
Alexis Schwerin .... additional production assistant
Jeff Smith .... additional production assistant
Greg Starr .... set production assistant
Ian M. Stratford .... legal services: Gray Krauss Des Rochers (as Ian Stratford)
Joshua Thurston .... set production assistant
Andrea Ulrich .... script supervisor (as Andrea J. Ulrich)
Marcia Warnes .... head of business affairs: Goldcrest
Joan Washington .... dialect coach: London
Jeruschka White .... set medic
Skylar A. Wilman .... insurance broker
Penny Wolf .... head of film sales: Goldcrest
Sam Wood .... unit production assistant
Andy Wride .... production secretary (as Andrew Wride)
Christopher Barish .... thanks (as Chris Barish)
Alysse Bezahler .... thanks
Boaty Boatwright .... thanks
Shana Eddy-Grouf .... thanks
Jeffrey Fierson .... thanks
Michael Fritzio .... thanks
Courtney Haas .... thanks
John Hadity .... thanks
Jake Paltrow .... thanks
Charlotte Ronson .... thanks
Hilary Stabb .... thanks
Tory Tunnell .... thanks
Jim Valdez .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Homework" - USA (festival title)
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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying
83 min
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107 out of 127 people found the following review useful.
Hidden gem, 8 November 2011
Author: louis_sound from Belgium

So I happened to notice quite a great deal of people hold negative opinions on this movie. That's why I wanted to share my 2 cents.

Basically, the movie was what I expected it to be. Meaning: no blockbuster, no real Hollywood production, no mind-blowing action. A movie with a slice of life, just like 500 Days of Summer (come to think of it, it gets close to it in some ways, even if perhaps a little less mature). If you're looking for these exact characteristics, you may be better of looking for a different movie.

So what to expect from it? First of all: it does not aim towards shocking you. It delivers a message, apparent from the introduction we get at the start of the movie. Starting a movie with a quote is bold, yet it's also original and different. It sets the tone perfectly. So George is this high-school guy who has a different hobby, drawing. He gets so worked up in it that when he does, he loses sight of all his surroundings (anyone who's creative will relate, as do I). On top of this he holds a pessimistic view on life, basically saying 'we're all going to die anyway so what's the point'? Now I know a lot of people will consider this to be 'emo' or whatever, but it's not. Honestly. I plead guilty: I myself often think in this manner. In fact, I can relate so much to George that by the end of the movie, I sat with my mouth open, totally freaked out and overwhelmed, still am. He's the different one, the outcast, the guy nobody knows and everyone ignores. Yet people tend to forget that being quiet doesn't equal being an uninteresting person. On the contrary: this movie likes to show us the other side of the coin. So my conclusion would be that if you often feel misunderstood, or have lost motivation for life in general, this movie would definitely be the way to go, as it requires a certain mindset I believe...

What is so interesting about the movie, is that we see a great deal of changes in George's life from the moment he meets Sally. It triggers different actions and revelations in his life that are irreversible, as is often the case with love in real life too. It basically shows us that loved ones can change one's life for the better, even in a not always positive way. Love surpasses most joys of life, as it surpasses most of its burdens.

There were times when I was slightly annoyed. I was aware there were times where I would tell myself 'just do it/just say it!'. There are many awkward silences in the movie, which are automatically transferred to the watcher's feelings. I wanted to jump into the movie, help G. out, because life can be difficult, more so when you're an introvert. And even more so when love's involved. (personal rant ahead) The world of today is all about extroverts, people who are eloquent and sociable, certainly not something George can boast about.

The amount of growth George shows while struggling with his problems really makes the movie. You see him get out of his shell, while not losing his edge. It's not your typical American movie with happy ending, all's well that ends well. Again, just like life is a lot of the time.

I'd advise anyone to have a look. This movie has been a hidden gem for me and it perfectly fits my taste for movies. Be prepared for some thinking and awkwardness from time to time and when that's OK with you, you'll love it. If this is not what appeals to you, then it will probably not be your cup of tea. If you are an artist and have lost motivation and/or inspiration, you should feel compelled to absorb what this movie has to offer.

If you do enjoy this movie, don't forget to take a look at: '500 days of Summer' and 'It's kind of a funny story', which both are pretty close in terms of atmosphere to this one.

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