The Art of Getting By
Starring: Emma Roberts
Length: 84 minutes
DVD Release: November 29th 2011
Studio: Fox SearchLight
THE ART OF GETTING BY stars Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally (Emma Roberts – Scream 4), a beautiful and complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
George (played by Highmore) is a high school student, with issues. The impending doom of his mortality causes everything else in life to seem pointless. Why waste your time going to school and such, when we all end up the same way in the end? Dead.
Now, he’s not dying, so to speak. No more then the rest of us. He just knows, one day he will die and refuses to conform in the time between now and then. Everyone loves a lead role with issues…well I do anyway.
Sally (played by Emma Roberts) is the somewhat bad girl with the unpredictable mom. (Elizabeth Reaser, The Twilight Saga) George has a thing for Sally, it’s as obvious as the nose on his face, but she just wants to keep things in the “friend zone”. So he silently loves her, saying nothing.
Cue the tortured artist (Played by Michael Angarano Red State, Almost Famous – or as I call him “Oregano” because I can not pronounce his last name to save my life) who’s to help George with art, and instead try's to help him with his love life.
Relationships of different status’ start and end, decisions both good and bad are made. At one point we get a fist fight, but between who – well you’ll have to watch the movie to find out. And while it was incredibly easy for me to watch Roberts in a role like this because she plays them so well and is so versatile. I mean, did you see her in Scream 4!? Move over auntie Julia….there’s a new girl in town!! I have to be honest seeing Freddie Highmore playing the somewhat jerky, “coming of age man” was a bit difficult in the beginning.
I look at him and I see Charlie Bucket, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory his most famous role that I have seen to date. I applaud him for taking on a more challenging movie part and steeping out of the "good boy” roles he’s been consistently offered. I think that if he can keep up these types of roles, he will have a great career in front of him, but the lists of children geared films on his IMdB page doesn’t make me all that optimistic, at least not right now.
In the end, I gave THE ART OF GETTING BY a 3.5 - 4 Birds. I would watch it again, I enjoyed it, got me thinking, stirred emotions and I loved seeing the familiar faces pop up through out…like Alicia Silverstone has a small role as does Rita Wilson!
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