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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
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...
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.Read more ›
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This is a dog of a movie. Sundance usually picks the quirky intelligent ones, but this was slow, poorly acted, incompletely conceived and feelingless. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Solid movie that kept my attention throughout. Great acting by Freddie Highmore in this showing a lot of depth and doing a great job portraying a character undergoing quite a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kyle
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Best coming of age movie in a very long time-great cinematography, smart sound track and superior performances by Highmore and Roberts. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Drummond-Hay
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