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Fatalistic teenager George Zinavoy (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.
- "New York Slice of Life" featurette
- "On Young Love" featurette
- "The Art of Being Shy" web spot
- "The Art of Ditching School" web spot
- "The Art of First Love" web spot
- "The Art of Being a Misanthrope" web spot
- HBO First Look--"The Making of The Art of Getting By"
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So yes, while George is like alot of teenagers, who struggles to express himself in person around others. Also he has no real idea, until the end what he wants out of his life. The movie brings us purpose to live. A person, a hobbies, a talent. No matter what we hold dear, there is always something worth fighting for.
Meet George, a kid who can't find the motivation to achieve in life because he has such a pessimistic opinion of life (We're all going to die so what's the point of trying?) that he makes no effort whatsoever with school, his family and doesn't bother making friends. I found this so difficult to watch because actually, George's awareness of his own impending mortality was a great concept which the producers really should have run with - this could have been really interesting and chewy. However, what we actually have is a lazy, whiny kid who talks back to anyone who questions him and is basically a waste of time. Which, sadly, is what this film was.
I do think this movie was cast well, even the supporting cast did a great job with what is inherently a dreadful script. I just wish this movie had challenged some of the deeper issues at hand with mortality but it just doesn't. I barely made it through without muting the TV. One to avoid, unless you like petulant teenagers or you're more patient than me and can read into the hidden metaphors.
My only concern is that this film had a very low running time (79 mins) and it would had been better to make it a bit longer!