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The Art of Getting By

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Fox Searchlight Released 2011

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Released:
2011
Rating:
PG-13
Fatalistic teenager George Zingavoy (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.

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    There is also much in The Art of Getting By that is worth praising, and if you can grade on a curve - setting the standard at "The Wackness" rather than "The Squid and the Whale" -...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    Unformed protagonists don't come more wallowingly irritating and contradictory than George.

  • 30

    Variety

    Facile, formulaic and utterly charm-free.

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