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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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Cast

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

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$679,160, 17 June 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,429,260, 10 July 2011
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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Shipped to theaters under the code name "Flunk". See more »

Quotes

Sally Howe: Do you have any friends, George ?
George Zinavoy: I'm kind of a misanthrope. Not a choice, just a fact.
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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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Features Zazie dans le Métro (1960) See more »

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Black Champagne
Written by Andrew Nunez and Allan Vest
Performed by Starlight Mints
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Great to watch once
3 September 2011 | by antchinnSee all my reviews

Most movies you only really watch once, unless its like American Beauty or Superbad, where it takes a fair few watches to get old. Without a doubt this movie is great, the character 'George' is one of those characters in a film who's name you search afterwards to find other movies with they've featured in, as he plays the role of a; confused, troubled, intelligent, different teenager who most could relate to at that age. If you want a movie that makes you think afterwards and can relate to, then I'd say watch it. It's great for a night in, but I'd say the downfalls is the fact that yet again like most of these types of films is predictable, but other than that I'd say the acting is great and its enjoyable to say the least.


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