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The Way We Get By

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Aron Gaudet

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About the Movie

The critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary, "The Way We Get By" is a deeply moving story about life and how to live it. Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters - a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq. The film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Unfailingly modest and profoundly humane. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Bring your handkerchiefs. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Aron Gaudet's film rages with quiet dignity against the dying of the light. – Chris Barsanti, Hollywood Reporter, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Watching them issue hugs produces an involuntary response. You want to hug them, too. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

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Customer Reviews

A very good movie

There's something liberating about listening to the elderly. It can alter your perspective and free you from the pop culture world views. I really enjoyed this movie. There's one man in here, forget his name, who carries such a light hearted and positive outlook - even amoungst tragedy. I give this 5 stars.

Incredible film...

This is an incredible film. While at times evoking sadness, it is inherently uplifting. The "Troop Greeters" of the Bangor, ME airport are an amazing group of veterans and civilians, mostly elderly, who have set out to greet every departing and returning soldier that travels through the Bangor airport since 2003. The individual narratives of the three main subjects are beautifully told through personal interviews and well-executed camera work. Everything that a documentary should be. I highly recommend this film!

It Was An Honor To Watch This Movie

I am not very easily impressed, but "The Way We Get By" has shot up to one of my ten favorite movies of all time. It was truly an honor to watch this film, which said more in sixty plus minutes than 100 so-called prestigious Hollywood films. It doesn't matter which side of the Iraq War you come down on. It's told from both points of view. The central issue, however, focuses on three elderly people, who will always have my respect and admiration, who triumph over their age to greet the troops home from the war, and see them off. When their bodies and their lives around them are unraveling, they are still there for the troops, to let our troops know they are cared for.

You cannot help but be moved by these three people who face their twilight years with humor, courage, dignity, class, and service. I'm sure for purely political reasons, this was a glaring omission at this year's Oscars, and shame on the Academy for not recognizing this film.

Kudos to the filmmakers who have created an wonderfully poignant film. At a time where our sorry excuse for a President is making excuses for American exceptionalism in the world, and in films like the mealy-mouthed Superman Returns where patriotism is kicked to the curb, I salute these patriots. My life is better for seeing this film.

The Way We Get By
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2009

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