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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Zinavoy
... Sally Howe
... Zoe Rubenstein
... Will Sharpe
... Mrs. Grimes
... Cynthia
... Principal Martinson
... Mrs. Dougherty
... Vivian Sargent
Jarlath Conroy ... Harris McElroy
... Charlotte Howe
... Javier
... Jack Sargent
... Ms. Herman
... Dustin
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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, 17 June 2011, Wide Release

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$1,429,260, 10 July 2011
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George Zinavoy: I have no idea what I'm doing here.
Dustin: I don't think anybody does, at least you admit it.
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tedious piece of cinema on the name of art.
8 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

The Art of Getting By – TRASH IT (C) The art of getting by is a stupid formula indie movie made on the name of independent cinema. A movie about bunch of rich kids feeling bad about them is tad tedious. Rich kids do have problems but it should be a problem not a bad feeling. The lead character is self absolved narcissist weirdo who tries to do everything weird and yet trying to be over smart or geek about it. O God even I'm confuse what his characteristics were… This movie marks the first ever teen role for the British child actor Freddie Highmore, well he kind of disappointed. In most of the scenes his British accent can easily be sensed. Emma Roberts is a seller as blonde, with change of hair she brings an attitude to herself and more personality. I always thought that she lacks screen presence and star power. Now I think if she stays blonde and do some bold movies she might be someone to watch out for. Elizabeth Reaser, Alicia Silverstone, Blair Underwood were good in their small parts. Michael Angaro is fine, though he desperately needs a makeover. Overall, Trash this tedious piece of cinema on the name of art.


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