The Art of Getting By

The Art of Getting By

Gavin Wiesen (2011)

12A Certificate


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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.


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 & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Contains sexual references and brief swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Sep 2011