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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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Gavin Wiesen

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Gavin Wiesen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jarlath Conroy ... Harris McElroy
Elizabeth Reaser ... Charlotte Howe
Andrew Levitas ... Javier
Sam Robards ... Jack Sargent
Alicia Silverstone ... Ms. Herman
Michael Angarano ... Dustin
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the first scene, the camera passes by Tom's Restaurant, the same restaurant featured in Seinfeld (1989), aka Monk's. See more »

Quotes

Harris McElroy: You're going to have to start using that brain of yours to access that talent of yours to show that beautiful heart of yours.
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Alternate Versions

In the UK, the film was originally seen for advice by the BBFC in a rough cut form. The BBFC advised the filmmakers that the film was likely to receive a 15 rating, but that a 12A rating could be awarded if the strong language was reduced. When the finished version of the film was submitted for a formal rating in the UK, the number of uses of strong language had been reduced from five to one and the film was passed 12A. These cuts appear to have made their way into all releases of the film. See more »

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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Bad Teacher (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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
Courtesy of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Brings back memories of your high school days.
18 June 2011 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This independent picture first titled "Homework" then changed to "The Art of Getting By" wasn't nothing great, yet it's story brings back memories of the times when most remember that being their high school days. When we struggled for social acceptance, worried about making good grades and getting into college. And most of all finding the right first love that you were mad about! And this film covers all of those themes.

Set in New York City at a prep high school you have an odd and lonely out of place boy George(Freddie Highmore) who's searching for social acceptance while he slacks and struggles with his grades. Also his mother Vivian(Rita Wilson) is having problems of her own with George's stepfather and money woes are painful. It's upon meeting a girl that George has loved from a distance that gives him hope. Enter Sally(good performance from Emma Roberts)a southern girl who's moved north with her sexy and extroverted mother Charlotte(Elizabeth Reaser). And as typical the ups and downs of meeting, partying, and hanging out come and go and the typical hormones rage also. In the end George learns both a discovery of art and love. Overall nothing great it's somewhat predictable still it's theme and message is memorable and true this film is an all right watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Homework See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$679,160, 19 June 2011

Gross USA:

$1,430,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,892,130
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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