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on 3 June 2016
If I could give this no stars I would. If you're not a tweenager don't bother watching. Such overdramatic characters intended to be very dark and mysterious which actually come across as little brats and try hards. I couldn't even stomach the whole thing.
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The Art of Getting By (TAOGB) is the story of George (Freddie Highmore - Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) - a fatalist teenager struggling to motivate himself to complete his high school diploma. Acutely aware of his own mortality, he finds it difficult to warrant the reasons to complete his trig homework. Rudderless, he bumps into fellow student, Sally (Emma Roberts - It's Kind of a Funny Story) who finds a kindred spirit in him, however his directionless meanderings might just lose him Sally in the end and George sees a reason to motivate himself.

TAOGB is not a bad film inherently, it's well filmed and the roles are well acted by the capable cast. However, it's the story and it's moral that makes TAOGB a truly awful film; falling far-short of an indie-classics such as Juno, literally nothing of interest happens in the entire 84 minute bit. How on earth this script got passed without a rewrite I have no idea. This is nearly an hour-and-a-half of teenage self-indulgence as George wallows in his angst and uncertainty. Somebody really needed to tell this character to 'snap out of it' and that compared to most people, his problems are truly insignificant and he should be thankful for his privileged position. Instead he whinges, complains and is truly ungrateful for what his parents do for him.

The worst part is that George is so alternative (for alternative read; incapable of functioning in society) and he is held up to us a role-model or an independent-spirit, walking his own path (if doodling incessantly in your expensive textbooks is groundbreaking social progress then we are all doomed). This film makes me worry for high school students that will try to emulate George or any of the other socially-awkward-protagonists that Hollywood spews out at us.

Extras: A couple of featurettes, a director commentary by Gavin Wiesen and the theatrical trailer.

Moral lecturing aside; there is no story-progression at all, you could explain the finer intricacies of the plot on the back of a beer mat and lo' and behold, George gets everything right, vindicating his slacker-mentality and further suggesting we should all be a bit more like him. A cliché, boy-meets-girl, coming of age movie. If that's your thing then fair enough, but honestly, I think you'd be richer for the experience having not seen this movie.
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on 22 June 2016
Torn between 3 and 4 star went with 4 didn't like the ending and development of characters seemed weak at best the concept was spot on execution not so but still a ok - good film for someone aged i would say 14-23
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on 16 May 2013
Compared to many coming of age films, this deals with the real emotions of growing up and having a first love and deciding what to do once you finish school/college/university etc. Freddie Highmore proves to be growing as a dramatic young actor and shows he isn't just the cute little boy from 'Charlie and the Factory' if you like Freddie Highmore watch him in 'Bates Motel'. Emma Roberts also proves to be growing as an actress as she plays a girl who wants a boy friend and not a boyfriend and has a grown up a lot since playing Nancy Drew. This is a very well done for a teen drama and delves a bit deeper into true teenage emotions and angst.
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on 23 October 2013
A classic boy-girl high school romance but the way it is done is amazing; I relate to Freddie Highmore's character well.
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on 20 May 2014
Its a nice movie with simple storyline. Teenage life some questions, some answers and bit more of something to sort out in life... A must watch movie if you like a simple love story...
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on 28 April 2015
Freddie is outstanding in this comedy drama of a long coat wearing troubled teenager, full of angst? worry. who you'll have to watch it and find out..
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on 16 August 2012
That's pretty much all there is to say... It's a great movie, with the talented Freddie Highmore as George, as a High School Student with a purpose in life, he just doesn't know what it is, only that there must be something better to do with life, than go a whole life, just to die at the end.

See the movie to find out more... worth every penny :D
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on 19 January 2013
i gave my first copy away to a friend of freddie highmore who really enjoyed AUGUST
RUSH but am very disappointed to find I am unuable to find a replacement copy that play on
region 2,please advise where i can get one seeing he is a english actor
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on 27 December 2011
If you have come looking for originality then please look elsewhere because TAOGB is your bog standard coming of age teen drama where all the problems are oh so important and yet I strangely liked this film. Freddie Highmore is a likeable lead while Emma Roberts provides good support; the rest of the cast have zero input to this film except for Blair Underwood (what a name) who plays the bog standard principal who believes in the kid wwho's last name is Z (trust me it's important at the end of the film). This film is not exactly ground breaking and if you look at the similar films thing amazon always does you'll find a film exactly like this. PS The title refers to George Z who is an atrist and just about gets by. I should have hated this film but didn't so there is some likeability about this; I am just not sure what it is. Cheesey but tastey; it's bad for you but who cares.
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