The Art of Getting By

  • 12
  • Gavin Wiesen (2011)
  • US
  • 83 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

George (Freddie Highmore) is a teenage rebel. He's so rebellious he refuses to do his homework. Ever! It's therefore fair to say that, if James Dean were still alive, he'd have nothing to fear from George in the alienated youth stakes. George is also a rich, white boy in New York City who doesn't get on with his preoccupied step-dad and finds himself falling in with an even richer crowd headed by Sally (Emma Roberts), with whom he begins his first serious romance. Meanwhile, struggling artist Dustin (Michael Angarano) inspires both of them, but in different and potentially divisive ways. It's a story that's been told numerous times and with more élan. Highmore and Roberts have just enough charm to offset the mostly flat, predictable screenplay and this, together with some pretty New York vistas, allows writer/director Gavin Wiesen to get by with his debut feature. But only just.

Plot Summary

A fatalistic, solitary teenager is content to drift through life, making little effort to achieve anything. He finds a kindred spirit in a girl with a troubled background, who challenges his outlook on life, as does working as an artist's assistant. However, just as he starts looking forward to the future, his past mistakes threaten to ruin everything. Drama, starring Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano.

Cast and crew


George Zinavoy
Freddie Highmore
Sally Howe
Emma Roberts
Zoe Rubenstein
Sasha Spielberg
Michael Angarano
Will Sharpe
Marcus Carl Franklin
Mrs Grimes
Ann Dowd
Maya Ri Sanchez
Principal Martinson
Blair Underwood
Mrs Dougherty
Ann Harada
Vivian Sargent
Rita Wilson
Harris McElroy
Jarlath Conroy


Gavin Wiesen

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Contains sexual references and brief swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 2 Sep 2011
Certificate 12