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The Art of Getting By [Blu-ray]

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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.

Special Features

New York Slice of Life
On Young Love
Fox Movie Channel Presents – In Character with Freddie Highmore
Fox Movie Channel Presents – Direct Effect: Gavin Wiesen
Audio Commentary with Director Gavin Wiesen
HBO First Look- The Making of The Art Of Getting By

Product Details

  • Actors: Freddie Highmore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005PTMPYK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"We all die alone, so why am I supposed to spend my life working, sweating, struggling...I have better things to do with my time." George (Highmore) is a high schooler who has pretty much given up. Bitter with the world and his mother he refuses to do anything and hasn't done a real day's work in his entire senior year. He meets Sally (Roberts) who sees the same thing in herself. This is a very good movie made better by the acting. Highmore, in a departure from his usual disgustingly good boy roles is excellent in this. Roberts, who is fast becoming a better actress then her aunt is, is also fantastic in this movie. The role of George is written to be a total jerk to most people he meets, but Highmore has enough "baggage" with him that even though he is not nice to almost everyone in the movie you still wind up rooting for him and wanting him to succeed by the end. That is a rare thing for an actor that young. While this is a very good movie that forces you to keep watching it does tend to drag in a few places, but not enough to be boring. If that makes sense. Overall, a very good movie with great acting that is a definite watch. The type of movie that all high schoolers should watch. I give it a B+.

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THE ART OF GETTING BY didn't get much attention in the theaters, but once the word is out by those who have elected to use View On Demand on television it just make a resurgence. Gavin Wiesen both wrote and directed this updated existentialist story and cast it with a very solid crew of actors. The result is a movie that is both nostalgic and heartwarming.

George Zinavoy (Freddie Highmore as a very fine developing adult actor) is a lonely and fatalistic high school senior who believes `you are born alone, die alone and everything else is an illusion'. Despite the fact that he is very intelligent and artistic he fails to complete any class work assignments, failing to see the point of doing such mundane tasks if we are all going to simply die anyway. His mother (Rita Wilson) and father (Sam Robards) are at odds: his father's business went bankrupt and he spends his time in the park and in coffee shops to hide the fact that he is unemployed (George sees this unbeknownst to the parents). George finally makes a friend in Sally (Emma Roberts), and develops and attraction for clueless George. The school's principal (Blair Underwood) and art teacher (Jarlath Conroy) introduce him to an alumni, and successful artist, Dustin (Michael Angarano - continuing to be one of the most interesting young actors on the screen today), 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. How George discovers his feelings and his options is a well played out ending.

There are some fine cameos by Alicia Silverstone, Ann Harada, Marcus Carl Franklin, Ann Dowd, Elizabeth Reaser among others. But the significant satisfaction is the privilege of watching Freddie Highmore graduate into more adult roles: he is becoming a very fine actor. Grady Harp, December 11
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For some reason i had put off watching this film, that was a mistake on my part. This is a great little film beacuse of the fine cast, but especially Freddie Highmore.
This will certainly put to rest any worries that Freddie will have any problems going from child star to young adult, or adult roles.He keeps you riveted to his very quirky,mysterious, stubborn , but very likable character thru the entire film,never disappointing the viewer.
Emma Roberts is the perfect casting choice as his girlfriend. She certainly holds her own in the film and at the same time lets Freddie work his magic on you. Should bring them both even more fans...
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This film was a lighter comedy with a big idea behind it. A younger generation struggling with the nature of life and what is expect of you. This film has a similar a similar feel and flow to it like, The Perks of being a Wallflower and It's Kind of a Funny Story".
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Remember little Freddie Highmore from 2004's "Finding Neverland"? Well now he's a tall, lanky 20 year old playing a well-to-do high school senior at a private school in New York City. He is struggling with his studies and is at risk of not graduating. Smart enough, but he's lost interest in school and spends most of his time creating interesting sketches.

He meets a cute fellow classmate, Sally Howe (Emma Roberts) who has her own issues. She's the daughter of Charlotte (Elizabeth Reaser), herself only 36 and still full of vigor when it comes to men and the flash of Manhattan. Unfortunately there's not much new here. We have a couple of attractive 18 year olds, struggling with what they will do with their lives. It's hard to be terribly sympathetic with kids on the "right side of the track" not even worried about going to school.

In one scene, George (Highmore) who is still a virgin, is questioned by Sally (who isn't) about it. He struggles with an honest answer, so she suggests they get it on. This freaks George out, so for the next 20 minutes we try to figure out what George's real problem is. I kind of lost interest at that point. Still first time director and writer, Gavin Wiesen actually does a pretty good job with the direction if not the boring script. Highmore and Roberts hold their own with the lightweight material. Michael Angarano is along for the ride as a former student who has made a name for himself as a painter. He becomes a mentor for George and a lover of the shunned Sally. I had to look twice but yes that's Alicia Silverstone as one of George's teachers.

The Blu ray transfer is OK but nothing special. Shot in 35mm film, it has an appropriate soft appearance. It has a 1080p resolution and a 2.40:1 aspect ratio.
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