The Art of Getting By Reviews
The cast are good, particularly the main characters played by Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts. I nearly didn't recognize Alicia Silverstone.
The filming is also nice, I liked the New York setting.
Not a movie that will wow anyone or probably even be a favourite, but worth at least one watch.
Director: Gavin Wiesen
Summary: Freddie Highmore stars in this romance tale as a teenage rebel with no time for textbooks, but when he's given a glimmer of friendship with longtime crush Sally Howe, the trench-coated loner discovers that some feelings aren't too trite to explore.
My Thoughts: "A dark, moody, brooding, teenage romance flick. It wasn't great but not awful either. Freddie Highmore does a great job as well as Emma Roberts. Some of it was a bit unrealistic but what's not in films. Perhaps better or more character development could have helped this film come along a bit better. But as it is, it wasn't a bad watch."
This is a lame, with really bad acting, and a ,horrible story line. In this slow, and pointless movie you will not have any fun, so get away from it.
It tells the story of this annoying teenager Geroge (Highmore) who claims he is depressed and never does any homework, but then he falls in love with Sally (Roberts) and she makes him do his homework.
I mean really, the story of this movie is just ridiculous. It could have some potential, but the actors in this movie are just crap. Emma Roberts isn't bad, but Freddie Highmore, and Michael Angarano are so annoying on screen.
The only worthwhile thing in this movie is the soundtrack, that includes some Belle & Sebastian, and maybe the photography and some pretty cool shots. But either than that its a lame movie, with annoying characters, it's just bad.
Harris McElroy: "You're going to have to start using that brain of yours to access that talent of yours to show that beautiful heart of yours. "
I liked it. Of course it doesn't have great acting or terrific actors but the story was catchy and it blended in slowly. Emma Roberts continues to improve little by little on her acting career although she still has a long way to go. Freddie Highmore probably didn't do his best work here but it's nice to see him back in a movie. Enjoy.
Quote that you are born alone, die alone and everything else is an illusion, George doesn't see the point of life, school, or homework. Then he meets Sally and he now has a reason to go to school and make friends, even if he's not ready to admit to himself or to her that he likes her. The school's principal and art teacher introduce him to an alumni, and successful artist, Dustin, who can help guide George along life's path, but other distractions start surfacing, and George might not even be able to graduate from high school.
Even with a few excellent moments, "The Art of Getting By" is an uninspired and cliched coming of age story with a protagonist who is so dull that he makes individual expression look dreary. And as promising as Emma Roberts has been in other movies, she comes off flat here, along with some of her co-stars. The problems with this movie go much deeper than the acting, as it forces an outcome which is hypocritical in its righteousness in a world where the parents through neglect and divorce screw up their kids. I know there have been many afternoon specials on the dangers of dropping out, but for George, a talented artist already, where would be the harm, if he did drop out, get his GED and went to work to be an artist, not just study to be one? At least, it would allow him to find his own path in life. Otherwise, he is just going to distract the other students who are there to learn.
I thought that the start was very promising... and slowly building up somehow was matching the growing up of our hero with the same pace... but at the end there was not much to see as a result.
Youthfully amusing, interesting and at moments insightful but there is still lot lacking: especially answering why suddenly everything changed when almost none of the questions troubling the young man were really answered or even addressed! Actors did what they could do with such unfinished screenplay...
It's really a damn shame that Gavin Wiesen's "The Art of Getting By" doesn't end up being anything more than what the basic plot description suggests. The protagonist of the story is George (Freddy Highmore); an intellectual who staggers socially and - in the classroom - academically. His life is a great big mess both at home and at school. He fails to maintain a successful relationship with either his mother or his step-father; while both on and off school-grounds, he lacks proper friends. But then again, he doesn't care; because he sees no point in living. We're all going to die someday; this is all a big nothing. That's essential his life philosophy; and oh, he'll stick with it.
This is a film of many wrongs; and the hero is one of them. Sure, we've all felt like George before; and given this, Wiesen expects us to relate to the character. However, he has miscalculated his own movie; for the character writing here is so terribly off. George proclaims that he is allergic to homework; but very much drawn to art, philosophy, and literature. Simply put, he does what interests him; and only that. So if something at school bores him to death, he's not going to do it.
With that being said, I think it's clear that he isn't a very likable protagonist. Still, Wiesen has a story to tell; and in under 90-minutes, no less. So he creates this big ol' cliché teen love story to throw into the mix; and it takes up a lot of the film. Maybe this is a good thing, because I'd rather watch George fall in love for the first time than listen to the pretentious bastard speak for any longer than a minute.
The girl is Sally (Emma Roberts). She goes to school with George, and has for some time now, although they're just beginning to notice each-other. Sally sees something in him; and he's just happy to have someone give a damn about his existence, because he certainly doesn't care much about it himself. Both New York City residents; the two central characters go on dates, go to parties, have sleepovers, and experience new things along the way.
I suppose "The Art of Getting By" is - to put it frankly but vaguely - a film all about experiences. We all have them; and we almost always value them, good or bad. The film takes us through the times both good and bad, for this character, although Wiesen - who also wrote the script - lacks the writer's craft; which would have allowed him the skill and artistry to write a decent script for a suitably decent film. "The Art of Getting By" lacks depth and aim; I don't know where the inspiration to write this script came from, but it can't be anywhere particularly good.
Nevertheless, the film still ends up being watchable, at best. Passable escapism it is; although some might disagree, given that many have written it off completely. This is understandable and all -since this is so very far from a good film - but I had some sympathy for the material in spite of its uneven and unpolished nature. Wiesen shows promise as a filmmaker, and the film makes use of its New York setting (for the most part). But until he can come up with a script that works; this might just be what we're supposed to expect out of him in the near future. Let's hope I'm wrong.
This film was probably intended for an intellectual audience that can possibly connect with its eccentric protagonist; although I wonder how many movie-goers will feel exactly how he does, in the end. Do most people choose to be cynical assholes? Do most people disconnect themselves from the social scene of High School like George does? Wiesen definitely has some good ideas going; but the film lacks execution and therefore gives us very little to actually talk about. "The Art of Getting By" just barely masters the second part of its title.