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Fatalistic teenager George Zingavoy (Freddie Highmore) is a master at just barely getting by. In fact, he’s practically turned it into an art form—making it through the entire school year without doing a shred of work. But when George meets a beautiful and complicated girl named Sally (Emma Roberts), he discovers a kindred spirit who turns his slacker world upside down. Their quirky and unexpected romance may just inspire George to do the unthinkable—get off his butt and chase after his dreams.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 107
- Fresh: 19
- Rotten: 88
- Average Rating: 4.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Someday every overprivileged, misunderstood high school boy who has ever come of age in New York will have his own movie, and one good thing about "The Art of Getting By" is that it brings that day, the day we can move on to other matters, a little closer.
Rotten: A charm-free wisp of a movie about that most annoying of recent archetypes: the mopey, privileged adolescent.
Rotten: To paraphrase Tolstoy (or, really, to mash up Tolstoy with J.D. Salinger), all unhappy adolescences are alike - or at least they look that way when condensed into 90-odd minutes of privileged self-pity.
Rotten: There are several lessons to be learned in "The Art of Getting By," though all arrive too late to save this well-meaning but dreadfully executed movie.
I am a senior in (German) High School. And for that I can profoundly relate to the age-related theory that the self is all that you know to exist.
The unconscious, evolving feeling that life is screwed up, a reaction to annoying parents, boring teachers and pointless homework assignments, mixed with the sudden confrontation with the perplex behavior of the opposite sex and hormones, is what George is experiencing and is overwhelmed with. He treats this feeling making the mistake thinking that he is the first and only person to do so.
Writer-director Gavin Wiesen presents George as an eccentric, artistically talented, highly unmotivated kid who seems to have nothing but his self-persuaded loneliness and his sketchbooks, which basically are nothing more than doodles. This gives George no perspective which shows itself in his underachievement and the way of getting by without any serious confrontation, until every aspect imaginable rains down on him..parents,girl,education. George starts to reevaluate his commitment to misanthropy and underachievement.
I, personally, think highly of the way Wiesen and his crew figured out the way to show this (teenage?) twist. But maybe that is just because I can relate. Nevertheless the fact, that I can relate makes me want to call this a good movie. The fact, that George's character seems impersonated perfectly by Freddie Highmore is something that makes this intense story even more relatable. If you let it.
This movie is great I don't know why y'all frontin!!!
So-So (Read the whole review)
I myself am an artist which is what first inspired me to watch this movie.
George is the typical detatched, angsty teen. He has no interest in his education or future, but then he meets Sally. I know what you're thinking, boy meets girl and suddenly they ride of into the sunset together, but that is not the case here. From the moment she lands in his life George's world is flipped up side down, for better and for worse. True, the movie was slow, and has the ending that most people with a middle school education can anticipate, it is not a crap movie. It is not for all audiences but if you like that "struggling to find out who you are" type film, then watch it.
- Genre: Romance
- Released: 2011
- © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
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