The Art of Getting By is yet another timely romantic comedy for all the recent high school graduates to help them realize that being 18 is hard for everyone. This film is not the first of its kind, but it is very well made, has a edge to it that sets it apart, and has an extremely strong cast that will keep you both laughing and engaged throughout the entire film.

The Players:

  • Director/Writer: Gavin Wiesen
  • Actors: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Sasha Spielberg, Marcus Carl Franklin, Ann Dowd, Maya Ri Sanchez, Blair Underwood
  • Original Music by: Alec Puro
  • Cinematography by: Ben Kutchins

The Plot:

George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

The Good:

  • Highmore: He’s the new Christian Slater, Robert Pattinson, Heath Ledger, Bud Cort, John Cusack, Skeet Ulrich of his time (hopefully I was able to get a teen crush for just about everyone in there). He’s not your typical leading man but he’s got that oddball charm that when given some clever lines and the right premise he’s able to shine. This film is perfect for him and he does an amazing job at tackling all the emotional challenges, subtle wit and embarrassing moments that every outcast out there can in some way relate to and feel for.
  • The Writing: Overall the story, though simple is very well organized, but it’s the sharp one liners that pop up every five or so minutes that make this film stand out. This is a film that relies on it’s audience having a sense of what’s come before it and while showing what’s happening doesn’t force anything down your throat – which is a refreshing rarity for this genre.
  • The Heart: At the bottom of it all, the film has an extremely strong heart that strikes a cord with its audiences makes you care for it and the characters. It’s hard to identify all the aspects that go into giving a film “heart” but this film undeniably has it in spades.

The Bad:

  • Not the First Time: Follows the usual plotlines for this kind of film and is predictable, but because it’s a fun enough ride I don’t think should deter most viewers. Plus, every teenager needs this kind of film to come out at the right time (didn’t everyone just graduate?) to help them remind them they’re not the only ones, they’re just like everyone else.
  • Alicia Silverston: She wasn’t bad! I just couldn’t help but wondering why she took such a small part? Was it bigger and it got cut? Was she helping a friend? I feel like someone lesser known would have been better, or beefing up her role would have made more sense.


It’s not the first of this kind of movie, but it’s very well made and worth the time.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Art of Getting By will be released in theaters June 17th!

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