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on October 20, 2011
"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+.

*Also try - Happythankyoumoreplease & It's Kind Of A Funny Story
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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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on April 21, 2016
Here is an excellent film about understanding the problems of maturity for a typical High School Youth in the 21st Century. Freddie Highmore has the talent for bringing into real-life the High School Student who has the talent, but attempts to get by with as little effort as possible, even a fatalistic teenager. George Zinavoy (Freddie Highmore) has turned his lazy nature into an art with the apparent objective to graduate from High School without completion of any assignment. Then, George meets Sally (Emma Roberts) who is a kindred spirit. Sally is beautiful, emotionally complicated and inexplicable. A Law of Thermodynamics - two negatives become one positive - applied when her kindred spirit upended his lazy nature and world of slackness with end-over-end reaction due to their eccentric and unanticipated romance: Suddenly, he jumped up and decided to pursue his dreams - and prevails. As Freddie Highmore the Actor is near the threshold of young adulthood, this film compliments his talent, and more to come is anticipated in his future on the screen.
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on July 3, 2014
This movie was just kind of crap. It's another emo movie that had no real plot, and tried to concentrate on characters and character development, without any real plot. A nightmare. It sort of plodded along with no real meaning and the characters were uninteresting. This is definitely low concept art, and it had an amateur feel to it. The sappy emo music killed me and the whole thing was not quite reality. It was the scenester music that is like a depressed person trying to sing a cheerful tune. It was pure weirdness. If Emma Roberts doesn't change her tune soon and play a different character, I will have to say that I'm done with her. The tone of this movie was the emo thing of really wimpy people trying to smile through the tears. This movie was really bad.
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on March 12, 2013
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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on November 9, 2014
Thought this was super. Enjoyed the story and the characters. Allows the viewer to thoughtfully explore the subject comfortably and enjoy the discoveries inherent in situations as they arise. Overall, a sweet movie.
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on March 16, 2014
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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on September 21, 2014
Freddie Highmore is a brilliant actor and the chemistry between him and Emma Roberts is nicely done. The parents are not one dimensional cutouts in this coming of age film and it is raised above the level of soft porn that is all that much of this genre aspires to.
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on January 11, 2012
I don't review things, but I just wanted to say it was absolutely insane how literally every single instance that played out during this film I can relate to. It was like I was immersed in my own memories. I don't even know the main actor's name, but he did such a damn good job expressing his emotions... like I felt the same in every way. Curious and awaiting, then confused and broken, unmotivated, and finally strike of hope and feeling like you could take on the whole world. In the end a sort of enlightenment. Crazy... Makes me wonder how many other people could relate as closely as I did.

In any case, it's a fantastic film. It's heart wrenching at points, at least for me, and also pretty funny at others. I hope to see more of the two mains in the future.
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on November 19, 2013
This movie was sweet and touching in unexpected ways. George was clearly unmotivated to follow the path everyone expected him to take, but obviously no idiot. In a very short time I was so drawn into this character I had to see what was going to happen next. Loved the ending, too.
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